Giving insulin IV is a lifesaving measure for patients experiencing diabetic ketoacidosis or hyperkalemia.  Monitoring these patients closely is essential to safe treatment.  Learn the basics about IV insulin from an ICU RN.

Does DKA have a confusing pathophysiology? Why does the potassium rise initially? How does insulin help to resolve DKA? Why do these patients breathe so fast? If you've wondered about these questions, look at this article to see if it helps clear up some of the confusion!

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AuthorCourtney Tracy
CategoriesPhysiology

Giving insulin IV is a lifesaving measure for patients experiencing diabetic ketoacidosis or hyperkalemia.  Monitoring these patients closely is essential to safe treatment.  Learn the basics about IV insulin from an ICU RN.