Pediatric Diabetic Ketoacidosis Emergency Department Care Medication

Updated: Dec 16, 2015
  • Author: Grace M Young, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kemp, MD, PhD  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

Medical therapy for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) centers on fluid and electrolyte replacement. Initiate insulin therapy after beginning fluid replacement and serum potassium correction. [11, 12]

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Antidiabetic Agent

Class Summary

Insulin suppresses the formation of ketone bodies.

Insulin regular human (Humulin, Novolin)

Stimulates proper use of glucose by the cells and reduces blood sugar levels. Adjust infusion rate based on blood glucose level.

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