Objectives: This review examines current treat and release protocols adopted by the ambulance service, and factors that may predispose patients to hypoglycaemia.
Methods: Online database searches and hand searches of journals led to 241 articles being found, of which eight were used for this article.
Results: Out of hospital treatment of hypoglycaemia is safe for most patients, but further studies are needed if positive improvements are to be made.
Discussion: There is potential for further research in this area and clarification is needed in the treat and release debate. A definitive set of protocols would be beneficial to the ambulance service.
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Funding: The Wales Office for Research and Development for Health and Social Care.
Conflicts of interest: none.