How do you administer a Lily glucagon emergency kit?

Patty Bonsignore


Glucagon from an emergency kit is administered by intramuscular or subcutaneous injection, similar to the way an emergency bee sting injection is given. Unlike a bee sting kit in which the drug is pre-mixed, with glucagon the drug comes in powder form and is mixed immediately prior to injecting. Because a syringe and vial are used, loved ones or friends need to be instructed on the use of the kits so they’ll be ready if and when you need them. As you know, glucagon is used only in the event of a very severe low blood glucose reaction in which the person with diabetes is unable to swallow or is unconscious. Ask your healthcare provider or diabetes nurse to show you and your family member or friend how to use the glucagon. If you have no one to provide instruction, then you may be able to go online to view an instructional video on the website of the company that makes glucagon or you can talk to your local pharmacist.

March 14, 2013 at 2:47 am