Anesthesia Central is an all-in-one web and mobile solution for treating patients before, during, and after surgery. This collection of drug, procedures and test information is derived from Davis’s Drug, MGH Clinical Anesthesia Procedures, Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, and MEDLINE Journals. Explore these free sample topics:
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First Things First (assess & treat for the following)
- Is the hyperkalemia real?
- Laboratory error: repeat test
- Pseudohyperkalemia: hemolysis, thrombocytosis, severe leukocytosis, fist clenching,
- Is pt symptomatic?
- Most pts are asymptomatic
- Symptoms of hyperkalemia: generalized weakness, paralysis (severe)
- Signs of hyperkalemia: ventricular arrhythmias
- EKG changes: peaked T waves, shortened QT interval, flattening or absence of P waves, widened QRS complexes, sine waves (severe)