Sugar-Coated Disaster: Pediatric Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Author(s): Jacobson Daniel W.

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Endocrine

Population: Pediatric

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This session covers the rudiments of identifying and treating diabetic ketoacidosis in the pediatric population. Central tenets of patient evaluation, electrolyte stabilization, fluid administration and insulin replacement are reviewed at an intermediate level. Normal glucose metabolism is discussed along with hormonal derangements that perpetuate ketoacidosis. The complication of cerebral edema is also explored. A case study is included to highlight key priorities of patient management.


  • Compare and contrast normal glucose metabolism with the metabolic derangements which result from a lack of insulin in diabetes mellitus.
  • Identify the clinical manifestations and lab findings that distinguish DKA from other common pediatric endocrine disorders.
  • Verbalize signs and symptoms of cerebral edema and list treatment strategies that minimize the risk of its occurrence.

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Successful Completion

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


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