Clinical Pathway for Emergency Department Management of Diabetic Ketoacidosis and Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State

Click to review the Clinical Pathway for Emergency Department Management of Diabetic Ketoacidosis and Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State

Hyperglycemic emergencies ? diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and the hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state (HHS) ? are common presentations in the ED that require swift, specialized management strategies. Uncovering the precipitating event is critical to management, as morbidity and mortality are related more to the trigger than the DKA/HHS itself.

For patients presenting with suspected diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and the hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state (HHS) understanding of the etiology and pathophysiology will ensure optimal emergency management. Morbidity and mortality is most often due to the underlying precipitating cause, which may include infection, infarction/ischemia, noncompliance with insulin therapy, pregnancy, and dietary indiscretion.

Review this clinical algorithm for a clear and step-by-step outline for managing patients in ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state

Clinical Pathway for Emergency Department Management of Diabetic Ketoacidosis and Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State

Click here to download yours today

Need more information? Click here to review the course on Diabetic Hyperglycemic Emergencies: A Systematic Approach (Pharmacology CME).

Last Updated on October 15, 2021

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.