Year: 1984 Source: Annals of Emergency Medicine, v.13, no.7, (July 1984), p.505-511 SIEC No: 19850414

The authors discuss their findings from 17 suicide attempts with insulin in 15 patients seen at Harbor-UCLA Medical Centre for the 10-year period 1971-1981. A suicidal insulin overdose was considered to be 100 units in a non-diabetic or twice the daily dose in a diabetic using insulin. Significant findings were high risk of similar future attempts; the attempt is commonly made during depression; duration of hypoglycemia may be longer than expected; hypokalemia is a frequent occurance. (NBB)