How Sweet It Is: Managing Hyperglycemic Emergencies

Author(s): Rosemary Timmerman

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Aug 15, 2026

Topics: Endocrine, Medication Management

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

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.

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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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