Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Q: Bicarbonate therapy is usually not indicated in DKA(Diabetic Ketoacidosis). At what level of PH in DKA, bicarbonate therapy is recommended? 

Answer: 6.9 

Bicarbonate therapy in DKA should be used only if PH goes below 6.90. Also, it needs to be remembered that bicarbonate may decrease potassium level, so potassium should be replaced if level is less than 5.3 mEq/L.

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