Chief of EMS Education Development University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Hurst, Texas
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is one of the most serious complications of diabetes and is often associated with significant hyperglycemia. Increasingly, patients with Type II diabetes are developing DKA, even in the absence of abnormally elevated glucose levels. What many of these patients have in common is the use of one group of medications recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of diabetes. Euglycemic DKA can easily mislead EMS personnel resulting in delays in appropriate management strategies. This case-based presentation will review the associated pathophysiology of patients presenting with euglycemic DKA and discuss the approach to diagnosis and management of such patients.
This session is included in the virtual live stream.
Define diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
List the clinical characteristics of DKA often seen in the field.