Guidelines for DKA management in young people updated

By Editor
28th January 2020

Guidelines for the management of children and young people under the age of 18 who are suffering from Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) have been amended. 

The document, last updated in 2015, has been amended by the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (BSPED) DKA Special Interest Group (SIG) and published by BSPED.

The major changes in the DKA guideline for children and young people relates to the amount of intravenous fluid given. It is important that all emergency departments and paediatric units treating DKA in children and young people are aware of the developments.

The BSPED website said: “The relatively limited evidence regarding the management of DKA has been reviewed. Where there is appropriate evidence these guidelines have been based on such evidence.

“For many aspects of the management of DKA the evidence base is limited and where there is limited evidence, consensus recommendations have been consolidated.”

The organisation said the updated guidance should be published as an “interim recommendation pending the publication of the future NICE review”.

To read the newly updated guidelines, click here.

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