Table 2

Insulin-related hypoglycaemia adverse drug event characteristics

Location of event
 Cardiac intensive care unit3/30 (10.0%)
 Newborn intensive care unit3/30 (10.0%)
 Paediatric intensive care unit12/30 (40.0%)
 Emergency department1/30 (3.3%)
 All other units11/30 (36.7%)
 Off the unit0/30 (0.0%)
Dextrose bolus concentrations administered
 50% dextrose6/30 (20.0%)
 25% dextrose15/30 (50.0%)
 10% dextrose9/30 (30.0%)
Time dextrose bolus given
 07:00–15:0011/30 (36.7%)
 15:00–23:0011/30 (36.7%)
 23:00–07:008/30 (26.7%)
How insulin was administered
 Intravenous drip18/30 (60.0%)
 Subcutaneous12/30 (40.0%)
Patients with diabetes mellitus14/30 (46.7%)
Nutrition status
 Dextrose via oral or enteral feedings only3/30 (10.0%)
 Dextrose via parenteral nutrition only24/30 (80.0%)
 Dextrose via a combination of methods3/30 (10.0%)
Other clinical characteristics associated with hypoglycaemic events
 Decreasing glucose levels did not lead to insulin adjustment before the event17/30 (56.7%)
 Event related to a dosing or administration error2/30 (6.7%)
 Event occurred around the time of a procedure2/30 (6.7%)
 Event part of multiorgan failure before death2/30 (6.7%)
 Resident not following fellow's recommendation1/30 (3.3%)
 First dose of insulin given to patient1/30 (3.3%)
 Patient was not taking insulin correctly before admission1/30 (3.3%)
 During treatment for hyperkalemia1/30 (3.3%)
 None3/30 (10.0%)