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What is Hypokalaemia?

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
4 minutes
Provider
Ausmed

Hypokalaemia commonly develops in hospital settings. While it is generally mild, it can cause serious complications if not addressed.

What is Hypokalaemia?

Hypokalaemia is a common electrolyte imbalance that presents in about 20% of hospitalised patients, characterised by lower than normal levels of potassium in the serum blood (Kardalas et al. 2018).

Hypokalaemia is reversible and generally asymptomatic unless the patient’s potassium levels are extremely low (Rogers 20216).

What is the Role of Potassium in the Body?

Potassium contributes to the functioning of nerve and muscle cells, particularly the muscle cells in the heart. Potassium is regulated by the kidneys to maintain homeostasis within a tight range, with excess expelled through urine, sweat and gastrointestinal losses (Rogers 2016; Castro & Sharma 2020).

Delivery
Title
What is Hypokalaemia?
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Intravenous therapy
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Duration
4 minutes
Start Date
26-May-2020
End Date
26-May-2023
CPD Points
4 minutes of CPD
Price
Free
Location
Online
Price:
Free
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