In the ED, the patient is diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). What is the nurse’s first priority for managing this condition? A.Airway assessmentB.Administration of insulinC.Fluid and electrolyte correctionD.Administration of IV potassiumAnswer: AThe first priority is airway management, rapidly followed by the administration of insulin, fluids, and correction of any electrolyte imbalances. Twenty minutes later, the patient is admitted to the ICU for DKA management. The patient is receiving IV regular insulin with frequent finger sticks to check his glucose level. His potassium level is 2.5, and IV potassium supplements have been ordered. What assessment must the nurse make before giving the IV potassium?
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