It's National Diabetes Week

11 July 2017

At first sight, the young man at the bus stop appears drunk. He’s been sick on the ground and seems confused and lethargic. He clearly needs some help. Would you know what to do?*

 

In Event Health Services, our volunteers come across many situations that are not completely straightforward, yet being able identify a potentially life-threatening condition such as hypoglycaemia in the example above is essential. That’s where training and practice come in. In everyday life, however, our volunteers are not always on hand in case of a medical emergency, which is why we have made it our mission to strengthen community resilience through making first aid part of everyone’s life.
*In this case it is best to call an ambulance as this person’s life is potentially at risk.
 

It’s about time – and about awareness

Awareness of the signs and symptoms is the first step towards helping someone experiencing a medical crisis, and increasing awareness and knowledge about diabetes is one of the objectives of National Diabetes Week.
This year, the It’s about Time campaign picks up on the need for early detection and informs about the early signs of type I and type II diabetes. While the campaign objective is related to diagnosing diabetes at an earlier rather than a later stage in a patient’s life, the concept of time is particularly important in a first aid setting as a patient’s condition can deteriorate quickly.

 

 

What can you do?

Seeing another person in distress is a stressful situation in itself, but having been trained in First Aid can make a huge difference. When you complete one of our Provide First Aid training courses with St John SA, you will learn to identify signs and symptoms of diabetic emergencies and how to respond. To find out more about our training options have a look at our training page and read on to learn how to respond to a diabetic emergency right away.

 

First aid in diabetic emergencies



Not sure whether you are dealing with too high or too low blood sugar?

If in doubt, give the patient sweet food or drinks every 15 minutes. Make sure NOT to use diet or sugar free drinks! If there is no improvement, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.
For more First Aid advice on the go, make sure you download the St John Ambulance App, available for Android and iPhone.

 

Breaking the Silence – National Diabetes Week Campaign Background

 

July 9 to 15 is National Diabetes Week. Research has shown that most Australians underestimate how many people are living with diabetes in this country, and they are unaware of the serious health complications that the condition can cause. As a consequence, too many Australians are diagnosed too late and put themselves at risk, in the worst case they might experience major life-threatening problems. It’s about time that Australia addresses this growing problem.