Medical School Lesson Plan – Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Picture the scene…

You are asked to assess a patient with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes who has vomiting and diffuse abdominal pain…

Learning Objective

In this session we will cover the presentation, initial management and complications of patients presenting in diabetic ketoacidosis

Task 1 – Read

Task 2 – Read

Task 3 – Discuss

Task 4 – Summary

Task 5 – Reflect


  1. 1
    The Management of Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Adults. Joint Bristish Diabetes Societies Inpatient Care Group, 2013.
  2. 2
    Van Zyl DG, Rheeder P, Delport E. Fluid management in diabetic-acidosis–Ringer’s lactate versus normal saline: a randomized controlled trial. QJM 2011; : 337–43.
  3. 3
    Edge JA, Ford-Adams ME, Dunger DB. Causes of death in children with insulin dependent diabetes 1990-96. Archives of Disease in Childhood 1999; : 318–23.

Cite this article as: Dan Waddington, "Medical School Lesson Plan – Diabetic Ketoacidosis," in St.Emlyn's, September 22, 2020,

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