MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: We know that diabetic ketoacidosis is associated with a low risk of death in those admitted to hospital but we did not know what the risk of death was in the months and years following discharge from hospital.
We have found that recurrent DKA admissions (more than 5 in a lifetime) are associated with a greater than 1 in 5 risk of death in the following three years compared to a 1 in 20 risk for those with only a single DKA. Recurrent DKA is more common in younger, more socially disadvantaged people.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: That recurrent DKA should be a ‘red flag’ for high mortality risk.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Response: We need to confirm these findings in large national data series but also begin to develop an evidence-based strategy to support this vulnerable patient group and help reduce this unacceptably high risk of death.
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