Acid-Base Physiology

5.8 Metabolic Acidosis - Prevention

Prevention of the primary disease or better management may be an option in some cases.

A particular example would be the prevention of episodes of diabetic ketoacidosis in insulin-dependent diabetic patients. Most adult ICUs are familiar with some usually teenage or young adult patients who are admitted multiple times with acute DKA due to poor compliance with insulin administration. Some of these problems may respond to better diabetic education and counselling.

Better security of drugs may prevent accidental ingestion (eg of salicylates) by young children.

Summary of important aspects of Chapter 5 : Metabolic Acidosis