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Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)

Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, MA, MSN

Duration: 2 hours

Course Summary

Diabetes mellitus is one of the leading chronic diseases in the country and DKA is one of the most serious complications. When patients in DKA crisis receive the right treatment they are able to recover to improved health. Nurses need to be able to identify prevalence and treatment of diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA) in all age groups and for special conditions, such as pregnancy. This course will help nurses identify signs and symptoms of diabetic ketacidosis and its recommended treatment.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. EPIDEMIOLOGY
  3. GLUCOSE, INSULIN, AND DIABETES: A SHORT REVIEW
    1. Type 1 and type 2 Diabetes Classification System: Out of Date?
  4. IV. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF DKA
    1. Causes of DKA
    2. Defining DKA
  5. LABORATORY TEST AND DKA
  6. COMPLICATIONS OF DKA
  7. PREGNANCY AND DKA
  8. ATYPICAL ANTIPSYCHOTICS AND DKA
  9. CHILDREN, DKA AND CEREBRAL EDEMA
  10. TREATMENT FOR DIABETIC KETOACIDOSIS
    1. Fluid Replacement
    2. Insulin Therapy
    3. Electrolyte Imbalances
    4. Acid-Base Disturbances and Bicarbonate
    5. Monitoring For Complications
  11. TREATMENT FOR CEREBRAL EDEMA
  12. NURSING CARE, PREVENTION AND EDUCATION
  13. SUMMARY

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