Canterbury DHB


Potassium Administration

The intravenous administration of potassium carries certain dangers including that of cardiac arrhythmias secondary to hyperkalaemia. At higher concentrations IV potassium is a local irritant and should be administered through a central line. To manage hypokalaemia, see Hospital Healthpathways Hypokalaemia.

Currently the most concentrated IV potassium formulation available in the hospital for use outside Intensive Care is pre-made bags of 10 mmol potassium chloride in 100 mL 0.29% sodium chloride. These can be given via central line over 30 minutes. Options for the treatment of hypokalaemia include:

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January 2019

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Topic Code: 8759