Are the results from the 2014 UK national survey on the management of diabetic ketoacidosis applicable to individual centres?

M. Varadarajan, M. Patel, N. Kakkar, E. Li Ping Wah-Pun Sin, D. Maxey, I. Nunney, K. Dhatariya

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Background: In 2013 the Joint British Diabetes Societies published an update to their 2010 guideline on the management of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). In 2014 a national survey was conducted to assess the management of DKA across the UK using the JBDS or local guidelines. Hospitals were invited to submit data on 5 people presenting with DKA. These data were published in 2016. However, whether those national results were applicable to individual hospitals remains unknown.

Aim: To assess the management of people presenting with DKA at a single hospital and compare the results with the national dataset.

Methods: Using the identical data collection tool as used in the national survey we collected information on 40 subjects (a total of 52 admissions) admitted with DKA between April 2014 and July 2015.

Results: The data collected locally were very similar to those found in the national dataset. The management of DKA was best during the first few hours after admission, then biochemical and physical monitoring frequency decreased. The number of people who developed hypokalaemia and hypoglycaemia were very similar to the national data. Rates of biochemical improvement were slightly better locally.

Conclusions: The data from the national DKA survey, even though based on a maximum of 5 people per hospital from across the UK are applicable at a hospital level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140–146
Number of pages7
JournalDiabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Early online date19 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


  • diabetes
  • diabetic ketoacidosis
  • survey
  • management

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