Which types of insulin should be administered for prevention of hypoglycemia in hospitalized patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM)?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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To prevent hypoglycemia, regular insulin should not be given more often than every 3-4 hours, because a dose is effective for up to 6 hours. Rapid-acting insulins may be given every 3 hours. Once the patient is eating, a preprandial insulin dose can be added.


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