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Glucagon Injections Not Done Right

The majority of parents do not correctly administer Glucagon, according to the results of a recent study.

Researchers in Australia discovered that a lot of parents have trouble with the handling of Glucagon (a drug used to treat severe hypoglycemia), when administering it to children via injection. Results of the study were published in the January/February 2001 issue of InterScience.

G. Harrism, RN, and colleagues from the North Royal Hospital in New South Wales, Australia, studied the techniques of 136 parents when giving Glucagon to their teen-aged and young children. The parents’ injections of Novo Nordisk Glucagen Hypokits were timed, rated and compared to injections given by diabetes healthcare professionals. In addition, the parents took a standard questionnaire to determine their education about the drug and their experience administering it.

According to the results, 69 percent of the parents had problem—from opening the container to drawing the correct dosage, and they took longer to administer the medication than the healthcare professionals did when giving the Glucagon to their kids.

“We suggest that Glucagon administration needs to be taught hands on and the skill reassessed on an annual basis,” they state in conclusion.

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