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Diabetic Emergencies Notes

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Diabetic Emergencies

Initial o o o o o o

investigations Physical examination Blood pressure & pulse Temperature Urine dipstick Capillary blood glucose Bloods
 HCO3
 Serum glucose
 Serum ketones
 U+Es
 Venous blood gas
 Blood cultures o ECG o CXR Diabetic ketoacidosis o Definition
 Ketones in urine
 Metabolic acidosis
 Usually increased blood glucose (can be normal) o Causes
 Insulin omissions
 Sickness may cause this
 Illness
 More glucose made BUT more glucose needed
 Infection=DKA
 New presentation
 Trauma
 MI/ACS/Strokes o Symptoms and signs
 Symptoms
 Nausea and vomiting
 Abdo pain
 Altered sensation
 Blurred vision (aqueous humour becomes full of glucose)
 Coma
 Signs
 Dehydration
 Kussmaul breathing
 Hypotension
 Tachycardia
 Decreased consciousness
 Hyerventilation o Investigations
 History (cause? treatment history?)
 Clinical examination (Dehydration; Kussmaul breathing)

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