Friday, December 5, 2008

Medical Condition #1

Since I don't really have anything cool to write about...I have decided that I am going to post medical diagnosis of the week. Out of all the days I work, I will pick one diagnosis that I think is the most interesting and I will post it. Here is this weeks...

Nonketotic Hyperosmolar Coma
Most often an initial presentation of NIDDM or in patients with mild NIDDM
Usually seen in elderly population with underlying chronic disease, esp. CV or renal
2/3 without previous history DM
Often precipitated by infection, MI, CVA
Mechanism unknown-Hyperglycemia occurs, but ketoacidosis does not, allowing more severe hyperglycemia, extracellular and intracellular dehydration than in DKA - hyperosmolality results causing mental status changes
Mortality: 20-60%
Coma or altered mental status - usually cause for evaluation
Profound dehydration, tachycardia, hypotension
Focal neurologic signs (hemiparesis, hemisensory loss, focal sz) not uncommon
Polydipsia, polyuria, polyphagia - may not be known, or overlooked
Visual complaints
Tachypnea , fever possible
Smell of acetone on breath absent
High suspicion in NIDDM, nursing home pt as condition develops slowly (days-weeks)
Hyperglycemia-glucose > 800 mg/dL [44 mmol/L], usually >= 1,000 mg/dL [55 mmol/L], check serum glucose
No ketoacidosis
Serum osmolarity > 350
Serum lytes - Na+ & K+
ABG (usually without acidosis)
CBC/UA/CXR to R/O infection
Precipitants include: MI, CVA, GI bleed, infections, pancreatitis, uremia/CRF, subdural hematoma, peripheral vascular occlusion
O2, monitor
IVF 0.9NS rapidly (1.5L over 1-2hrs) to stabilize BP & keep U/O >50cc/hr; use 0.45% NaCl if HTN or hypernatremia >155mEq/L [>155 mmol/L]; add 20-40mEq KCL/L as soon as adeq. renal fxn. confirmed
Replace 1/2 of estimated TBW deficit during first 12 hours, the rest during the next 24 hours (too rapid correction may cause cerebral edema)
Average deficit is 8-12 liters
Add dextrose to solution when glucose is 250 mg/dL [13.8 mmol/L]
Monitor CVP & I & Os
Reg. insulin 0.1U/kg IVP followed by reg. insulin drip at 0.1U/kg/hr
Insulin requirements less than in DKA
Monitor glucose, lytes, cardiac status, I & Os d/c insulin when <350 mg/dL [19.3 mmol/L]
Admit to ICU
Consult endocrinologist
Nursing Considerations
Maintain airway and oxygenation
Careful I/O and fluid and electrolyte replacement
Always double check insulin doses in IV bags and syringes w/another nurse
Maintain skin integrity
Provide for pt safety
Provide emotional support to pt/family


Tina said...

That was interesting for me, but who else is going to understand it? Hope you're enjoying work!

burger-burger said...

are you just copying out of a text book? :-) a bit much for me to follow. but glad to see you posting!!

have you looked up gavin since you've been home? i hear he;s in easton.

Shelze said... maybe I need to dial down what I post and make them in English...bear with me..I just thought it was cool so I posted it. At least it is something. Jaime, no, I haven't looked up Gavin, but I will..