Which of the following patients is likely to be the most sensitive to insulin?
a. A 65-year-old man with sepsis
b. A 26-year-old woman with multiple injuries from an auto accident.
c. A man with chronic renal failure
d. A woman on corticosteroids for asthma
Correct answer: c. A patient’s response to insulin, called insulin sensitivity, hinges on many factors, including age, weight, diabetes type, kidney function, and medications. On the continuum from very resistant to very sensitive, patients with renal failure are very sensitive, while those who are taking corticosteroids, in sepsis, or have traumatic injuries are more resistant.
To learn more, read the continuing nursing education article “Boost your confidence in caring for patients with insulin pumps.”