When it comes to emergencies related to type 1 diabetes, the first step is prevention. That’s why a student’s Individual Care Plan is so important: It describes all of the daily tasks for good diabetes management at school.
Among the many ways to prevent an emergency:
It’s also important to be prepared. That means being aware of what emergencies could arise, having the proper plans in place, and knowing what to do.
There are 3 potential emergency situations to be alert for at school:
Very high blood sugar with ketones needs action. Symptoms of severe high blood sugar include: rapid, shallow breathing; vomiting; or fruity-smelling breath.
An emergency kit is essential for all students with diabetes.
Usually, students will have more than one kit at school, because supplies for low blood sugar must be easily accessible at all times (class, gym, field trips, lockdowns, fire drills, etc). Parents are responsible for providing the kits and keeping them well stocked. School staff should advise parents when supplies are running low.
ALL kits must have these items:
SOME kits will also have one or more of these items:
A student’s Individual Care Plan should indicate where the kits can be found, and what they contain.
For more information, refer to these documents:
Last updated: April, 2018