1. When you are suspicious for DKA do you obtain a VBG or an ABG? How good is a VBG for determining acid/base status?
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is defined by five findings: acidosis (pH < 7.30, serum bicarbonate (HCO3) < 18 mEq/L, the presence of ketonuria or ketonemia, an anion gap > 10 mEq/L, and a plasma glucose concentration > 250 mg/dl. 1,816 more words