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1:  If the diabetic patient has taken insulin but has not eaten, the problem is more likely to be:
A: diabetic coma.
B: suffering from insulin coma.
C: diabetes mellitus.
D: insulin shock.

2:  For the conscious patient in insulin shock, protocols usually recommend:
A: assisting the patient to take his/her insulin.
B: administering low-sugar or sugar free drinks, never alcohol.
C: oral glucose.
D: any type of juice that is free of sugar.

3:  The diabetic patient in insulin shock will display or need all of the following, except:
A: slow onset of altered mental status.
B: rapid onset of altered mental status.
C: hypogylcemia.
D: sugar immediately.

4:  Managing problems related to diabetes and altered mental status poses very little risk to you. You must do all the following, except:
A: use gloves.
B: wash your hands carefully.
C: follow BSI precautions.
D: check mouth, tongue, and inside cheeks for any bleeding.

5:  An altered mental status may be caused by all of the following, except:
A: intoxication.
B: poisoning.
C: vomiting.
D: head injury.

6:  Diabetics often suffer from medical complications, which one of the following is not an expected complication?
A: Cardiovascular disease
B: Ulcers or infections of the feet and toes
C: Large/oversized arteries
D: Visual disturbances

7:  Patients with altered mental status should be placed in a lateral recumbent position and:
A: make sure that suction is readily available.
B: take vital signs every two minutes.
C: place them in the recovery position.
D: place them in a warm, comfortable environment.

8:  Regarding characteristics of diabetic emergencies, the skin condition of a patient with hyperglycemia will be:
A: pale and dry.
B: warm and dry.
C: pale and moist.
D: hot and moist.

9:  Regarding characteristics of diabetic emergencies, the hypoglycemic patient's blood pressure will be:
A: low.
B: high.
C: normal.
D: rapid and bounding.

10:  Normal blood glucose level is 80 to 120 mg/dL. What level of glucose causes excess glucose to be excreted by the kidney?
A: 140 mg/dL
B: 150 mg/dL
C: 175 mg/dL
D: 200 mg/dL

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