Diabetes Emergencies: Hyperglycaemia

1h 25m of CPD
Michelle Robins
29 Nov 2016

This Course will focus on 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.


Identify patients at high risk of developing hyperglycaemia and initiate appropriate assessment, blood glucose monitoring, referral, and pathology


Use knowledge of the pathophysiology of poor glycaemic control to assist people with diabetes to recognise and act on presenting signs and symptoms of hyperglycaemia


Link recommended emergency management of hyperglycaemic episodes with best nursing practice to minimise the risk of complications for patients


Michelle Robins

Michelle is a credentialled diabetes educator with 23 years experience in many aspects of diabetes care and education. She is currently employed as a nurse practitioner by Northern Health. Her past employment, as a diabetes educator, has included major tertiary hospital settings – including St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Melbourne Division of General Practice, Melbourne Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service, and, in Queensland, Logan/Beaudesert Health Service. Michelle has served on more than 40 diabetes-related committees, written book chapters and is consistently highly evaluated in her teaching role.


Anne Johnston23 Jul 2018
Very interesting

Sara Castelijn05 Jul 2018
Great presentation and information, very thorough and understandable.

Ruth Spencer28 Jun 2018
A very engaging and well presented learning activity. The presentation was easy to follow, succinct and extremely relevelant in the management of Type one and type row Diabetes Mellitus and complications.

Alisdair Mackenzie18 Jun 2018

Avelina Go Chow06 Jun 2018
Excellent VLA

Nomalanga moyo25 May 2018
The course is well presented and have all the helpful information that you will need when looking after diabetic patients.

Harsimrat Kaur21 May 2018
Very well presented Easy to understand and remember highly recommend to watch

Kerrianne McGahey21 May 2018
Very well presented

Phoebe tsourdalakis20 May 2018
Great information

Frances Browne18 May 2018
Very informative and helpful.

Kerry McMullan16 May 2018
great thanks

Lin Jiang11 May 2018

Pooja Saini02 May 2018

Zhimin Zhang23 Apr 2018
Good resources for dealing with clinical situations and patient education.

Lisa Morrison17 Apr 2018
good presentation. knowledge gained between DKA and HSS

Cheryl Carpenter11 Apr 2018
Great online course very in depth with good new knowledge gained

Cindy Barkhuizen08 Apr 2018

Breeanna Harris25 Mar 2018
A great presentation with helpful information on DKA and hyperglycemic treatment.

Patricia Nelissa Ho21 Mar 2018
Presented nicely. I enjoyed it. Thank you.

Vanessa Rudman12 Mar 2018
Educator is very knowledgeable and her lectures are very interesting and informative. I have learned a lot and feel more confident in dealing with Diabetes.

Sajana Manandhar10 Jan 2018
Very informative

Vanessa Muir11 Nov 2017
This was a brilliant educational activity. I highly recommend it to anyone who works in the aged care sector where many of our clients require diabetes management. I learnt many new things and was able to reinforce pre-existing knowledge. Thank you :)

Merilyn Little05 Nov 2017
Really beneficial learning and review tool

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Review of the pathogenesis of diabetes
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)
  • Hyperglycaemic Hyperosmolar State (HHS)

Target audience

All healthcare professionals, and especially useful for credentialed diabetes educators.


To provide health professionals with current evidence-based information concerning hyperglycaemia, its prevention and management, in order to prevent complications for the person with diabetes.


Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic health condition in Australia, with an estimated 1.7 million Australians living with the condition. 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. Mortality rates as a result of hyperglycaemia have been reported to be as high as 16%. Due to the high prevalence of diabetes in Australia, health professionals will care for people with the condition and one of the most important goals in the management of diabetes and prevention of complications is good glycaemic control.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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