This short module provides an overview of what DKA is, the pathophysiology of it, signs and diagnosis and the treatment of DKA. It briefly considers preventative measures. Given the disproportionately high rate of diabetes amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it is even more important of those working in Aboriginal health services to be alert to this potentially life threatening condition. Within the context of primary health care it is particularly important to understand how this condition can be prevented.
The module is aimed at all those providing clinical care to clients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It is appropriate for Aboriginal health practitioners, Aboriginal health workers, nurses, midwives, dietitians and doctors.
At the end of this module participants will be able to: