Electrolyte Disturbances: Causes and Management

The Pharmaceutical Journal
25 November 2022
Electrolyte Disturbances: Causes and Management

Author

Gareth Nickless and Ben Hindley
Gareth Nickless and Ben Hindley

Introduction

Gareth Nickless

Lead clinical liaison tutor for the postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy for secondary and tertiary care at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Liverpool John Moores University

Ben Hindley

Teacher practitioner and highly specialised pharmacist for diabetes and endocrinology at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Liverpool John Moores University

ALTURiX are grateful to the Pharmaceutical Journal for allowing us to link to this publication which was independently written by the authors. ALTURiX have had no involvement in its content, the development or commissioning of this article. 

Overview

Review articles covering a broad range of electrolyte disturbances are uncommon.  The clinical manifestations and consequences of some of these disturbances can be serious.

Published in the Pharmaceutical Journal in August 2022, the authors present a comprehensive overview of the most common electrolyte-related clinical problems and evaluate available treatment options.

Content Summary

The article outlines the clinical presentations of the most common electrolyte disturbances and how to treat them, with a focus on:

  • Causes, and the potential impact on patients
  • Evaluation of the available treatment options
  • National Patient Safety Alerts and improving detection rates
  • The role of the hospital and community pharmacist

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