Patient Safety Alerts are shared rapidly with healthcare providers via the Central Alerting System (CAS).
About this alert
The way the body responds to hyperkalaemia – a higher than normal level
of potassium in the blood – is unpredictable; arrhythmias and cardiac arrest
can occur without warning. It is potentially a life-threatening emergency. Timely
identification, treatment and monitoring, during and beyond initial treatment
This alert signposts to a set of resources that can help organisations ensure their clinical staff have easily accessible information to guide prompt investigation, treatment and monitoring options. The resource webpage includes short videos organisations can use to help frontline staff recognise that hyperkalaemia is a medical emergency and encourage them to familiarise themselves with local guidance and equipment.