How is calcium delivered to patients with severe hypocalcemia?

Updated: Aug 08, 2019
  • Author: Manish Suneja, MD, FASN, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Calcium chloride 10% solution delivers higher amounts of calcium and is advantageous when rapid correction is needed, but it should be administered via central venous access. Calcium infusion drips should be started at 0.5 mg/kg/hr and increased to 2 mg/kg/hr as needed, with an arterial line placed for frequent measurement of ionized calcium.


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