How to identify and manage diabetic ketoacidosis in adults
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a condition in which a lack of insulin leads to hyperglycaemia, ketosis and metabolic acidosis. The symptoms of DKA include thirst, polyuria, confusion, fatigue and nausea.
Treatment of DKA centres around the administration of intravenous fluids (including potassium) and infusions of soluble insulin.
Natasha Jacques is principal pharmacist for diabetes at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and Sally James is divisional pharmacist for medicine at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust. Both authors are committee members of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association diabetes group.
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