Action Stat: Acute hyperglycemia
Vincent M. Vacca MSN, RN, CCRN

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Nursing2014
February 2011 
Volume 41  Number 2
Pages 72 - 72
 
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ABSTRACT
ACCOMPANIED BY HIS MOTHER, RF, 15, arrives at your ED complaining of weakness, nausea, and abdominal pain. He's pale, breathing deeply and rapidly on supplemental oxygen via nasal cannula, and receiving an I.V. infusion of 0.9% sodium chloride solution via a large-bore peripheral venous access device.RF's vital signs are temperature, 98.6[degrees] F (37[degrees] C) orally; heart rate, 124; respirations, 24; and BP, 100/70 lying and 80/60 sitting. His skin turgor is poor. The paramedics who transported him to the ED tell you that his finger-stick blood glucose level was 360 mg/dL en route.RF's mother says that earlier today, he participated in a karate tournament and wasn't feeling well afterward. Two hours after they arrived home, she found him vomiting and confused, so she called 911.She says that recently, her son has been experiencing frequent urination, thirst, increased hunger accompanied with weight loss, and periods of irritability and fatigue.Based on the patient's clinical status

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