Archive for category: Endocrinology

Mythbuster: Glucose Levels Must be Below a “Safe” Threshold Before Discharge

01 Dec
December 1, 2016

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Reddit PocketBackground: Anyone who works in the Emergency Department has seen patients brought in by EMS or sent from the clinic with a chief complaint of “high blood sugar.”  Now, we are not talking about patients with diabetic ketoacidosis, but just simple hyperglycemia. This is a common complaint with no […]

Euglycemic DKA: It’s not a Myth

18 Aug
August 18, 2016

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Reddit PocketBackground: Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is traditionally defined as a triad of hyperglycemia (>250mg/dL), anion gap acidosis, and increased plasma ketones. There is another entity that providers must be aware of known as euglycemic DKA (euDKA), which is essentially DKA without the hyperglycemia (Serum glucose <200 mg/dL). Euglycemic DKA is […]

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) Myths

02 Nov
November 2, 2015

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Reddit PocketRecently, I was asked to give a lecture to both my residents and nurses at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) on some common DKA myths. Now this topic was originally covered by my good friend Anand Swaminathan on multiple platforms and I did ask his permission […]

Any Benefit to Sodium Bicarbonate in DKA?

12 May
May 12, 2014

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Reddit PocketIn a prior post, we discussed the use of an initial insulin bolus in the management of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).  Today we will address another facet of DKA management, for which there is less than optimal evidence and that is: Any benefit to sodium bicarbonate in DKA?  Consensus guidelines […]

ECG Changes of Hyperkalemia

17 Apr
April 17, 2014

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Reddit PocketHyperkalemia is an electrolyte abnormality seen in the emergency department as well as in hospitalized patients and it can be associated with adverse clinical outcomes and death if not treated appropriately. It is important to remember that the electrophysiologic effects of hyperkalemia are directly proportional to both the absolute […]

Is There Any Benefit to an Initial Insulin Bolus in Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

27 Mar
March 27, 2014

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Reddit PocketDiabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a common endocrine emergency encountered in the emergency department.  DKA associated mortality is relatively low in adults, but in children with type 1 diabetes, the elderly, and adults with concomitant illnesses have a mortality rate is > 5% .  Guidelines for the management of hyperglycemic crisis […]

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