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Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 18804 reviews

Course Summary

Diabetic ketoacidosis is an acute complication of diabetes mellitus, which requires prompt, aggressive, treatment. Complications of diabetic ketoacidosis throughout the age spectrum and during pregnancy require a close evaluation of symptoms, testing, treatment and outcomes to treatment. Anyone with diabetes, regardless of age or gender, can develop ketoacidosis. Guidelines exist that guide diabetes health teams and clinical care of the diabetic patient. Appropriate and timely treatment can reduce diabetic ketoacidosis complications and patients can recover to full health.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Epidemiology
  3. Glucose, Insulin, And Diabetes: A Brief Review
    1. Glucose and Energy
    2. Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Classification System: Out of Date?
  4. Pathophysiology Of DKA - Pathophysiology, Signs and Symptoms of DKA
  5. Precipitating Causes Of DKA
  6. Clinical Signs And Symptoms Of DKA
  7. Diagnosis Of DKA
    1. Laboratory Tests
    2. Hyperkalemia
    3. Hyponatremia
    4. Other Electrolytes
    5. Amylase and Lipase
    6. Hepatic Transaminases
    7. Leukocytosis
    8. Serum Osmolality
    9. Renal Function Studies
    10. Troponin Levels
    11. Euglycemic DKA
  8. Gestational Diabetes And DKA
  9. Atypical Antipsychotics And DKA
  10. Complications Of DKA - Children, DKA and Cerebral Edema
  11. XI. Treatment For Diabetic Ketoacidosis
    1. Laboratory Tests
    2. Fluid Replacement
    3. Electrolyte Imbalances
    4. Insulin Therapy
    5. Acid-Base Disturbances and Bicarbonate Therapy
    6. Continuing Care and Monitoring for Complications
  12. Treatment Of Cerebral Edema
  13. Clinical Care, Prevention and Education
    1. Poor Access to Medical Care
    2. Lack of Information
    3. Emotional Acceptance and Non-compliance
  14. Summary


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