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Digital Seminar

Diabetic Emergencies: Treatment and Management Protocols for Hypoglycemia, DKA & HHNS

2 Hours
Audio and Video
Jun 23, 2023
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Digital Seminar


According to the CDC, 10% of our US population has Diabetes Mellitus, representing 34 million Americans. Nurses frequently encounter patients with diabetes as a comorbidity. In addition to knowing about diabetes in general, nurses need to recognize, and know how to treat diabetic emergencies. This session will outline the causes, clinical manifestations, diagnostic tests, treatments, and nursing actions for three diabetic emergencies including hypoglycemia, DKA and HHNS.


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Tracey Long, PhD, APRN-BC, RN, MS, MSN, CDCES, CCRN, CNE's Profile

Tracey Long, PhD, APRN-BC, RN, MS, MSN, CDCES, CCRN, CNE Related seminars and products

As a registered nurse for 36 years, Dr. Long has worked in critical care, emergency medicine, primary care, and endocrinology. She is a professor of nursing at Chamberlain University and family nurse practitioner. She has been a certified diabetes care and education specialist for 25 years and teaches a certified diabetes educator review course. She teaches medical Spanish and one of her favorite activities is taking nurses and allied healthcare professionals each summer to offer free medical clinics to underserved communities around the world with her non-profit organization

As a published author, she has written a book on how to thrive with diabetes, not just survive, three children’s health books, three books on family history and many professional research articles. She married her college sweetheart, and they have their own “long legacy” of 6 children who teach her what’s really important in life.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Tracey Long has employment relationships with Roseman University, College of Southern Nevada, and Chamberlain College. She receives compensation as a national speaker. Tracey Long receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Tracey Long is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the American Diabetes Association, the National Certified Diabetes Educator Association, and the American Nurses Association. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Education Development and is a contributing editor Yangtz Journal of Medicine.

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  1. Differentiate the three diabetic emergencies as hypoglycemia, DKA and HHNS.
  2. Discuss the presenting signs and symptoms, etiology, and labs for the three diabetic emergencies.
  3. Explain the treatment and management protocol for each diabetic emergency.
  4. List patient education topics for prevention of three diabetic emergencies.


Pathophysiology and Classifications of Diabetes
  • Type 1
  • Type 2
  • Gestational
  • Other
  • Identify signs, symptoms, and labs
  • Treatment protocols for hypoglycemia: “Rule of 15”
Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Identify signs and symptoms and labs
  • Treatment protocols and management for DKA
Hyperglycemic, Hyperosmolar, Nonketotic Syndrome (HHNS)
  • Identify signs and symptoms and labs
  • Treatment protocols and management for HHNS

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Physician Assistants


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