D50 question

Discussion in 'Emergency Medicine' started by White Owl, Dec 14, 2008.

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  1. White Owl

    White Owl

    Aug 8, 2008
    Been searching a few textbooks and the internet to no avail. I was wondering if anyone knew by approximately how much does 1 amp of D50 raise the blood sugar in an average adult? Thanks.
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  3. southerndoc

    southerndoc life is good Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor 10+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    1 amp (50 mL) of 50% dextrose is 25 g dextrose. That's 100 calories. Intravenously, this should raise blood sugar by about 100 mg/dL in the average adult, but it is short lived as it's metabolized within 30 minutes.
  4. lucky_deadman

    lucky_deadman Working Class Hero 5+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Southeast USA
    This is for the average adult patient without external insulin or other anti-hyperglycemics on board which affect how much rise you achieve and how long it lasts.

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