Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) Clinical Reasoning Case Study

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Prepare your students for licensure and real-world practice with this salient scenario that contextualizes nursing care and priority setting with a chronic renal failure patient with DKA.

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Case Study Scenario:

Diana Humphries is a 45-year-old woman with chronic kidney disease stage III and diabetes mellitus type1 who checks her blood sugar daily, or whenever she feels like it. She has been feeling increasingly nauseated the past 12 hours. She has had a harsh, productive cough of yellow sputum the past three days.

She checked her blood glucose before going to bed last night and it was 382, but then she fell asleep early and missed her bedtime dose of glargine (Lantus) insulin. When she awoke this morning, she had generalized abdominal pain and continued to feel nauseated and had a large emesis. Her glucometer was unable to read her blood glucose because it was too high…


Key Components:

1. Develop Critical Thinking

  • By applying and using knowledge most important to practice

2. Develop Clinical Reasoning

  • By recognizing relevant clinical data to identify the nursing priority

3. Develop Clinical Judgment

  • Outcome when student interprets, notices, and responds appropriately

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