Keren Yosef purchased and distributed glucometers to EMTs, paramedics and physicians as the need arose, especially since glucometers are not standardly provided to emergency responders due to cost issues.
The body constantly regulates blood sugar levels . The concentration of glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood are important; if the sugar levels get too high (hyperglycemia) – it can become toxic and cause severe complications, and if too low (hypoglycemia) a patient can quickly lose consciousness and must receive proper care quickly. In both types of diabetic emergencies, a person can become unconscious and without the right type of care, might die.
Being able to obtain the patients’ blood glucose levels is a critical part of a first-responder’s diagnostic skills as it allows them to determine possible causes for diabetic emergencies. When responding to a patient unconscious due to an unknown cause, determining the glucose levels can quickly indicate the emergency care needed in this situation, saving a person’s life.
What is a glucometer?
A blood glucose meter, or glucometer, is a small, portable machine that is used to measure a patient’s blood glucose level.
“We were called to a cycling accident in the Ramat Beit Shemesh neighborhood. Upon arrival on the scene within minutes we found a semi-conscious 35-year-old man with a clear injury to his head.
As we waited for the ambulance after giving initial care of stopping the bleeding and preparing him for transport, we decided to check his blood-sugar-levels with the quality glucometer we were given by Keren Yosef. To our surprise, we found his blood sugar levels to be dangerously low and had very possibly been the cause of his fall in the first place. We immediately gave him the necessary care to elevate his blood sugar levels, and when the ambulance arrived, he was taken to hospital where he was kept for several days.
If it were not for the glucometer, we wouldn’t have realized that the lower level of consciousness was not only due to a head injury and this aspect of care might have been overlooked.
Thank you, Keren Yosef!”
-D.R., EMT, Tzevet Hatzalah Beit Shemesh