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.
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.
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:
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.
In this webinar you will: