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Treatment

When you are in the hospital, your diabetic ketoacidosis will be treated with insulin to lower your blood glucose level. You will also receive a large volume of fluids intravenously (through a vein). Your blood glucose and acid levels will be monitored frequently, and you will be given potassium supplements to restore your body's supply of this essential mineral. Until your blood chemistry returns to normal, your vital signs (temperature, pulse, respirations, blood pressure) and urine output will be monitored. If an infection has triggered your episode of ketoacidosis, antibiotics or other medications will be used to treat the infection.

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