What is the role of glucose control in drowning patients?

Updated: Jun 19, 2019
  • Author: G Patricia Cantwell, MD, FCCM; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Initiation of appropriate management of hypoglycemia and other electrolyte imbalances, seizures, bronchospasm and cold-induced bronchorrhea, dysrhythmias, and hypotension may be necessary in the drowning patient.

Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia are not only associated with increased mortality and morbidity, [103] they are especially detrimental in patients with brain injury. The injured brain is exquisitely sensitive to aberrations in serum glucose. Normoglycemia should be the target goal.

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