How Sweet It Is: Managing Hyperglycemic Emergencies

Facilitator(s): Rosemary Timmerman, DNP, APRN, CCNS, CCRN-CMC-CSC

Contact Hours 1.25
CERP A 1.25
Philadelphia Conference
Date Tuesday 5/23/2023
Time 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM ET
Room 201A
Available On Demand
From Monday 6/12/2023
To Tuesday 10/31/2023

Session Summary

The number of individuals with diabetes mellitus is rapidly increasing in the U.S., placing more individuals at risk for developing a hyperglycemic emergency. Diabetic ketoacidosis, euglycemic diabetic ketoacidosis, and hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state are life-threatening emergencies nurses must be able to recognize and manage. This presentation provides nurses with a foundational level of knowledge of glycemic control principles and an understanding of how to manage hyperglycemic emergencies.


  • Identify two precipitating risk factors leading to hyperglycemic emergencies.
  • Compare and contrast the clinical presentation of a patient with DKA with a patient experiencing HHS.
  • List three critical interventions for the management of the patient with a hyperglycemic emergency.
Topics Endocrine, Medication Management
Population Adult
Role Staff

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