Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Academic Term

Summer 2020

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 6810

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology for the APN

Professor’s Name

Dr. Chovan


Diabetes, Hyperglycemia, Hyperosmolar

Subject Categories

Critical Care Nursing | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state (HHS) and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) are dangerous complications of diabetes. HHS is examined in this poster and compared to DKA. Even though both have some similarities, they have very different laboratory profiles, patient presentations, treatments, complications, and can require different levels of care. With diabetes becoming more common amongst patients in the hospital, it is imperative that healthcare providers are aware of both of these complications. Nurses who understand both of these complications are able to act pro-actively for their patients, ask questions regarding correct treatments and orders, include the right providers in the care team, and incorporate hospital resources for a multi-disciplinary approach. The pathophysiology, signs/symptoms, complications, treatments, and implications for nurses are examined throughout this poster.



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