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Cureus. 2017 May 29;9(5):e1286. doi: 10.7759/cureus.1286.

Diabetic Ketoacidosis: An Emergency Medicine Simulation Scenario.

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Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Biochemistry Nutrition, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Medical Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Emergency Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Simulation provides a safe environment where learning is enhanced through the deliberate practice of skills and controlled management of a variety of clinical encounters. This is particularly important for core cases and low-frequency, high-stakes procedures and encounters. Competency-based medical education has seen widespread adoption in the field along with ongoing work in the areas of undergraduate and postgraduate training. Similarly, effective professional development activities stand to benefit greatly from a more stringent integration of simulation and competency-based approaches. This particularly makes sense when considering the goals of patient safety and achievement of optimal clinical outcomes. The current report describes a simulation training session designed to acquaint emergency medicine residents with the presentation and management of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) through the use of simulation.


diabetic ketoacidosis; emergency medicine; expertise; simulation

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The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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