A nurse preceptor is teaching a student about treatments for hypoglycemia. Which of the following best describes the criteria for hypoglycemia?

Any blood glucose level below 70 mg/dl

Explanation

• Hypoglycemia is any blood glucose level below 70 mg/dl. Normal blood glucose ranges from 70 to 120 mg/dl, although this varies between institutions.

• According to the American Diabetes Association, blood glucose goals should be 70 to 130 mg/dl.

• While 60 mg/dl is also hypoglycemic, this is not the best answer because the criteria for hypoglycemia includes every blood glucose below 70 mg/dl, not only those below 60 mg/dl.

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