Preventing DKA at diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus in children under 16
CPD Hours / Duration
1 hour/s
Depends on Membership level

Preventing DKA at diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus in children under 16

Presenter DKA Prevention Project - Statewide Diabetes Clinical Network

The Statewide Diabetes Clinical Network (SDCN) was established to improve the care and outcomes of patients with diabetes.

The steering committee consists of medical officers, nurses, allied health professionals, a general practitioner and a consumer representative. Membership is refreshed every two years through an expression of interest process. The SDCN also has several working groups developed to progress specific priorities under the leadership of the steering committee.

The SDCN is chaired by Dr Gaurav Puri, Endocrinologist, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service.

Course Content

In 2019 Clinical Excellence Queensland funded a project to reduce unacceptably high rates of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) at diagnosis in Queensland children. DKA is the major cause of mortality in children with Type 1 Diabetes. This webinar forms part of a campaign to prevent DKA at diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. 

What is DKA?

DKA is a metabolic emergency caused by insulin deficiency and can lead to cerebral oedema, so children require intensive care support. DKA at diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes is considered preventable if the early symptoms of high blood glucose are recognised by parents and early assessment is undertaken with a simple and inexpensive random finger-prick blood glucose check. 

The 4T symptoms are:

  • Thirsty 
  • Going to the Toilet frequently to urinate,
  • Tired
  • Losing weight and getting Thinner

If these symptoms exist, the child may have Type 1 diabetes. Early recognition of the 4T symptoms is key to preventing DKA at the diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes.

Children with DKA at diagnosis don’t go through a honeymoon period with gradual loss of beta cell function. It is associated with suboptimal diabetes leading to long-term kidney and eye complications related to high blood glucose levels. 

Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this webinar you will:

  • Discuss the importance of detection and early intervention in Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Children
  • Explore the signs and symptoms of DKA
  • Investigate the test that should be completed to identify DKA
  • Review the referral pathway should DKA be suspected