Glucagon, a hormone secreted by the pancreas, raises blood glucose levels. It has an effect opposite that of insulin, which lowers blood glucose levels. The pancreas releases glucagon when blood sugar levels fall too low. Glucagon causes the liver to convert stored glycogen into glucose, which is released into the bloodstream. It is available in injectable form (Glucagen) for intramuscular administration.
A glucagon emergency kit contains a bottle of glucagon (dry powder) and a syringe of clear liquid (Figure 7).
The directions for use are:
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