Don't Sugar Coat It - Sweet Tips for Managing DKA in Adults

August 26, 2021

Overall, the goal of this activity is to enhance clinical knowledge of the baseline disease state as well as relevant guidelines and supporting literature to optimize pharmacotherapy for patients in DKA. Recent literature has provided new guidance into optimal fluid choices for patients with DKA, however the application of these recommendations is not widespread due to lack of knowledge and familiarity with the studies. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary team often requires guidance with electrolyte management, as patients in DKA may present with significant electrolyte derangements. It is absolutely critical that pharmacists understand the pathophysiology of DKA and the place in therapy of electrolyte replacement.

Target Audience

Pharmacist

Learning Objectives

  1. Interpret laboratory tests and perform calculations to classify the severity of DKA
  2. Compare different fluid strategies for the management of DKA
  3. Classify insulin products based on their onset, peak, and duration of action
  4. Design an appropriate pharmacotherapeutic regimen for an adult patient presenting with DKA
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
    The UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a Provider of continuing pharmacy education.
Course opens: 
08/26/2021
Course expires: 
09/26/2021
Event starts: 
08/26/2021 - 4:45pm
Event ends: 
08/26/2021 - 5:45pm

Overall, the goal of this activity is to enhance clinical knowledge of the baseline disease state as well as relevant guidelines and supporting literature to optimize pharmacotherapy for patients in DKA. Recent literature has provided new guidance into optimal fluid choices for patients with DKA, however the application of these recommendations is not widespread due to lack of knowledge and familiarity with the studies. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary team often requires guidance with electrolyte management, as patients in DKA may present with significant electrolyte derangements. It is absolutely critical that pharmacists understand the pathophysiology of DKA and the place in therapy of electrolyte replacement.

UPMC Pinnacle
Harrisburg, PA
United States

Jenny Shah, PharmD

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Pharmacy (CPE)

This knowledge-based activity provides 1.0 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
    The UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a Provider of continuing pharmacy education.
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