Endocrine Emergencies: DKA, Thyroid Storm, Myxedema Coma and Adrenal Crisis

Author(s): Pirkle Darlene

Contact Hours 1.23

CERP A 1.23

Expires Dec 31, 2023

Topics: Endocrine

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

The goal of this session is to equip nurses with evidence-based practice guidelines for the management of DKA, thyroid storm, myxedema coma and adrenal crisis. Individuals who enter the critical care unit are at high risk for life-threatening endocrine emergencies. They can be easily overlooked because they may present with no prior history and are not routinely admitted to endocrine care units.


  • Identify populations at high risk for development of DKA, thyroid storm, myxedema coma and adrenal crisis in the critical care setting.
  • Differentiate between the hypo- and hyperfunctioning of endocrine organs and the biofeedback mechanism in critically ill adults.
  • Discuss the emergency management of life-threatening endocrine emergencies: DKA, thyroid storm, myxedema coma and adrenal crisis.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.23 contact hours.

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