What Is Insulin Sliding Scale?
Sliding scale insulin is sometimes used by doctors to help regulate a patient's blood sugar levels. Although it can be helpful for some, its effectiveness is questionable, and a good deal of controversy surrounds its use. Definition Sliding scale insulin is generally defined as a set of instructions for administering insulin dosages based on specific blood glucose readings. Some sliding scales are in the form of general charts that are used for many different patients with doses given based on the patient's weight and activity level. Other sliding scales are individualized with guidelines and doses calculated for the individual patient by a doctor based on the patient's specific needs and medical history. Uses Sliding scale insulin is often used short-term during periods of insulin adjustment, illness, hospitalization or any other time when acute management of insulin becomes necessary. It can also be ordered as a standing order backup to an ongoing glucose management plan (i.e. give 2 additional units if blood sugar level goes above 200) or as the sole means of insulin management where blood glucose checks are done at regular intervals and sliding scale insulin is given each time Continue reading >>