Traps for the unwary

November 2010


Failure to diagnose: diabetic ketoacidosis

Volume 39, No.11, November 2010 Pages 867-868

Sara Bird

A recent coronial inquest examined the death of a patient, 17 years of age, from fulminant diabetic ketoacidosis.1 The patient’s presentation with diabetic ketoacidosis was the first manifestation of the onset of type 1 diabetes. This article examines the Coroner’s findings and recommendations.

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