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how dangerous is potassium chloride injection?

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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IV Potassium: IV potassium is painful to veins and dangerous, too. Standard limit is 10-20 meq per hour IV DILUTED IN AT LEAST 100 CC FLUID. If diluted in 1000 cc, 40 meq can be infused over 2-4 hours. IM potassium is never given. Potassium I V can be fatal.

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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: potassium chloride?

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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Potassium salt: Potassium chloride is medication that is often given to replace lost potassium. Potassium is a critical ingredient in the function of cells especially in the contraction of muscles including the heart.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

Please describe the medication: potassium chloride?

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Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Potassium Chloride: A supplement for people who do not have enough potassium in the body. This is caused by either taking drugs such as diuretics (water pills) or from certain diseases.
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Potassium chloride would go under what care plan?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Potassium chloride: Patients would take Potassium Chloride (kcl) as a supplement to elevate low levels of potassium (k). It is also important to check the level of magnesium (m) of the person taking kcl as well. Patients with low m levels will not increase their k levels until m levels are normal.
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Could you explain what is potassium chloride and is it lethal?

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Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
Essential mineral: Potassium (k) is an element, it is actually a metal and forms salts easily, much like sodium. Potassium is essential to the function of muscle and nerves via a biologic system of electrical potentials. When the k level outside the cell is too high your heart stops, when the k level is too low muscles freeze up. K levels are controlled by the kidneys, high k levels are frequent in renal failure.
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What amount potassium chloride is fatal?

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Potassium chloride: Potassium chloride can be safe or can be fatal, depending upon amount given or taken in a specified amount of time. If potassium deficit exists, then the body handles a large amount. If kidney failure exists, then the body cannot manage even a smaller dose. Usual diet is 3000-5000 grams of potassium per day.

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