Changes in laboratory values often give us clues to what is happening with our patients. I came across the following resource this morning and thought it was worth sharing. Here’s a handy table to help you identify diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
The following equation can be used to calculate an anion gap:
Anion gap = Na+(mEq/L) – [Cl-(mEq/L) + HCO3-(mEq/L)]
You have an important role when caring for a patient with DKA. Thorough physical assessments, careful monitoring of laboratory values, and critical thinking are essential to avoid complications of this complex disorder. Have you cared for a patient with DKA? What are the common presenting signs and symptoms?
Donahey, E., Folse, S., Weant, K. (2012). Management of Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 34(3).
The American Diabetes Association's 71st Scientific Sessions took place at the end of June and several headlines have come across our newsfeed . Here are some highlights that you might be interested in:
Access more information from this meeting, including video highlights, webcasts of select presentations, and links to abstracts, at DiabetesPro: Professional Resources Online.
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