I had no idea that obtaining a BGL was NOT allowed to be done by all basics? It's pretty simple and, as many stated, not invasive at all. Just another essential assessment tool.
Is obtaining a PT's Blood Glucose Level as an EMT-B in ANYONE'S scope of practice?? ? ? ? ? ? ?:blink:
In NC it's a basic skill. Although in my county, you have to pass expanded scope boards in order to obtain BGL. So...the state says I can, the county says I can't. (Less further testing) I guess they think we're going to poke our pt's in the eye? I can't figure it out.
Actually, in NC it is a Medical Responder skill (Procedure 25 - Blood Glucose Analysis; MR thru EMT-P)...so are EpiPens.
I'm not from NC, what exactly is a Medical Responder? Is that similar to a First Responder that will go in, and just sustain until a transporting unit can arrive?
North Carolina sounds like a veritable EMS paradise!
I'd love to be able to take BGLs when I'm running without a medic. Technically, even with a medic, I'm not 'supposed to,' but they all expect it to get done, so who am I to say no (especially considering how easy it is to get)?
And as far as giving glucose if their sugar is in the normal range isn't going to hurt anything. In the grand scheme of things your right but have you ever asked a Diabetic how they feel when their sugar goes up over 200 units in 10 minutes? Like crap, that's how. My son regularly gets off the bus with an awful stomach ache, headache, and begging for insulin because if the bus driver even thinks there is a chance he could be low she will give him a juice box. You are actually causing the patient more discomfort by giving the glucose if they don't need it than you would be by doing the 1/2 a second finger prick.
Yeah, that's one of those silly rules that seems to be pretty standard...I mean...if you cause someone harm by checking a BGL, you've royally screwed up, and don't deserve your cert...:rofl: