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Diabetic ketoacidosis: key elements of a good sick day care plan

Cameron Britton, Joey Kaye
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Abstract

Diabetic ketoacidosis can be a life-threatening emergency. A sick day plan is vital in preventing and managing this condition.

Key Points

  • Diabetic ketoacidosis is a potentially life-threatening emergency.
  • The aims of a sick day plan are early recognition of impending ketosis, early initiation of treatment with hydration and insulin, and regular monitoring of blood glucose.
  • Glucose replacement may be required alongside insulin therapy.

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