This Ausmed Course will focus on hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose levels) in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, which can have a catastrophic impact on the individual’s health requiring immediate hospital intervention.
- Metabolic disturbances
- Management of diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic states
- Hyperglycaemia and sick day management
Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic health condition in Australia. While hyperglycaemia is present when diabetes is diagnosed, glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) levels may remain high once treatment is instituted. Studies have shown a strong, consistent relationship between hyperglycaemia and microvascular and macrovascular diabetic complications such as nephropathy and amputation respectively. Additionally, hyperglycaemia can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), an acute complication associated with a high mortality rate if not efficiently and effectively treated.
Due to the high prevalence of diabetes in Australia, healthcare professionals will encounter people with this condition and one of the most important goals in the management of diabetes and prevention of complications is good glycaemic control.
To provide healthcare professionals with current, evidence-based information concerning hyperglycaemia and its prevention and management, in order to prevent complications for the person with diabetes.
- Identify patients at high risk of hyperglycaemia and initiate appropriate assessment, blood glucose monitoring, referral and pathology.
- Use knowledge of the pathophysiology of dysglycaemia to assist people with diabetes to recognise and act on presenting signs and symptoms of hyperglycaemia.
- Link recommended emergency management of hyperglycaemia to evidence-based nursing practice to minimise the risk of complications to patients.
All healthcare professionals, especially credentialed diabetes educators.
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