Management of Acute Hyperglycemic Emergencies: Focus on Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Author(s): Basirat Sanuth, PharmD, BCPS, Andrea Bidlencik, PharmD, Andrew Volk, PharmD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Pharmacology Hours 1.00

Expires Jul 01, 2018

Topics: Endocrine, Pharmacology

Population: Lifespan

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic disease diagnosed in 20.9 million Americans; in addition, many people have undiagnosed DM. In 2011, the incidence of new diagnoses of DM was approximately 1.7 million and has increased every year since 1995. A severe acute metabolic complication of DM is diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which is listed as the primary diagnosis in approximately 7 patients with DM per 1000 hospital discharges and is associated with an average hospital length of stay of 3.4 days. Diabetic emergencies are twice as common in females. The annual expenditure for patients with DKA has been estimated at $2.4 billion.


  • Identify signs and symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome (HHS).
  • Identify treatment measures for DKA and HHS.
  • Review key points of patient education to help decrease hospital readmissions.

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