I am a new nurse, with just over 1 year of experience. I am learning more and more about DKA and wondering the pathophysiology behind DKA.
What is the reason we should be monitoring the patient's urine output while treating DKA. Yesterday, the doctor order 4,000 liters of NS and a foley catheter. Are foley's always indicated in DKA?
From the DKA protocol, the fluids should be changed to D5 1/2 NS with K for a patient who has K less than 5.5. My patient had K of 4.5. I gave her 3 liters, and she had only given 50 cc of urine.
What am I watching for with urine output in DKA?