Three emergencies every medical student should know how to manage
- By: Ketan Dhatariya
Diabetes is thought to affect about 5.6% of adults in the United Kingdom1 and almost 11% of adults in North Africa and the Middle East.2 People with diabetes are twice as likely to be admitted to hospital for a particular condition than those without diabetes,3 and their hospital stays tend to be longer.4 At any one time in the UK, about 15% of all inpatient beds are occupied by someone with diabetes5—that is not to say that they are in hospital for their diabetes, but they happen to have diabetes in addition to whatever brought them into hospital. Thus, whatever branch of medicine you chose, you are likely to have people with diabetes under your care.
There are three main emergencies related to diabetes that a senior medical student or junior doctor should know how to manage. With all three emergencies time is of the essence, with prompt diagnosis