Review of diabetic ketoacidosis management

Chung Shien Lee, Joshua Rickard

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationU.S. Pharmacist
StatePublished - Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


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