Continuing Professional Development: Understanding the assessment and management of hyperkalaemic patients

OverviewThis module will explore the identification and treatment of hyperkalaemia in both the hospital and prehospital settings. Hyperkalaemia is potentially life-threatening and, by improving clinician's awareness of the condition, paramedics should be able to positively impact upon patient outcome. Like many other life-threatening emergencies, prompt recognition and treatment is vital to reduce mortality and morbidity. By using reflective questions and establishing learning outcomes, the paramedic will achieve a foundation in the assessment and management of hyperkalaemic patients.Learning OutcomesAfter completing this module you will be able to:▪ Recognize the signs and symptoms of hyperkalaemia▪ Identify specific ECG changes associated with the condition▪ Understand the risk factors, causes and contributing factors of hyperkalaemia▪ Realize the hospital and prehospital treatments of the condition.

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