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in a r phlebotomist who recently drew a bladder cancer patient. the potassium result showed a false positive of 14. what caused this result?

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Dr. Kenneth Murdock
52 years experience Radiation Oncology
Hemolysis: Since a potassium of 14 is incompatible withlife, the sample was undoubtedly hemolyzed. The only other thing that could drive the potassium to that high would be succinylcholine. Redraw the sample.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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