Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a medical emergency caused by insulin deficiency. It is characterized by hyperglycemia, metabolic acidosis, and ketoacidosis. DKA arises from lack of insulin, with or without a precipitating event that leads to a cascade of pathophysiological changes. The goals of DKA treatment are to normalize volume status, hyperglycemia, electrolytes, and ketoacidosis. Pharmacists in community or ambulatory-care settings can assist in preventing DKA, while inpatient pharmacists play a role in management of DKA.
|Number of pages||3|
|Specialist publication||U.S. Pharmacist|
|State||Published - Nov 2018|