Successful resuscitation in diabetic ketoacidosis: a strong case for the use of bicarbonate

Postgrad Med J. 1974 Jul;50(585):465-8. doi: 10.1136/pgmj.50.585.465.


Although severe acidosis is a life-threatening condition owing to its cerebral and cardiac effects, correction of the acidosis with alkali remains a controversial issue in diabetic ketoacidosis. A 22-year-old female patient in diabetic ketoacidosis who was successfully resuscitated after cardiac arrest is presented and a strong case is made for the administration of bicarbonate in severe cases of diabetic ketoacidosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bicarbonates / therapeutic use*
  • Diabetic Coma / drug therapy*
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Heart Arrest / etiology
  • Humans
  • Potassium / blood
  • Resuscitation*


  • Bicarbonates
  • Potassium