Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) Insulin Infusion Protocol Update Using Evidence-Based Practice: A Quality Improvement Project
School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Insulin Protocol, DKA, Diabetic Ketoacidosis Treatment, Diabetic Emergencies, Glucose Monitoring
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Lacey, Susan K., "Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) Insulin Infusion Protocol Update Using Evidence-Based Practice: A Quality Improvement Project" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1888.
Diabetic Ketoacidosis is a life-threatening side effect to Diabetes Mellitus. Standards of treatment and recommendations are made by the American Diabetes Association. The project was to evaluate and provide the latest evidence-based practice to update the hospital policy for the treatment of DKA in the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department. Retrospective chart reviews were conducted to review the number of patients admitted with diabetic ketoacidosis and treated on the DKA Insulin Infusion Protocol before and after the update. Rapid correction of blood glucose levels proved to be an issue at this facility both before and after the updates were made to the DKA Insulin Infusion Protocol. The data supports the need for change in protocol, staff development in the use of the protocol and the need for change in the emergency department as well as the intensive care unit.