What are possible causes of excessive potassium intake in hospitalized patients?

Updated: Jun 20, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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With hospitalized patients, review the medication list for potassium supplements or high-dose penicillin G potassium, and review the chart to determine whether the patient has received transfusions. With patients who have undergone cardiac surgery, consider the possibility of residual effects of cardioplegic solutions.


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