Giving Ca for hyperkalemia

  1. Going to be honest here...I just found out why we give Ca IV for a panic potassium level. It makes perfect sense, thought I would share in case there is someone else needing some enlightening! We all know that the high K+ can cause cardiac arrest well the Ca decreases the hyperactivity of the heart working to prevent cardiac symptoms.

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