Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Adults

13Jul

Diabetic Ketoacidosis is a life-threatening medical emergency. Prompt recognition and treatment is essential as well as vigilence towards the potential complications.

Dr Davd Ewins is a UK Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Chester and speak with Scott about DKA from diagnosis to de-escalatino of treatment and some potential pitfalls.

The mainstay of treatment involves a Fixed Rate Intravenous Infusion, IV fluid replacement with potassium replacement, vigilence for hypoglycaemia and identification and treatment of the underlying cause.

When treated effectively, it can be a satisfying condition to treat with patients making a recovery usually within 24 hours.

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