Serum potassium levels during prolonged hypothermia

A. Koht, L. J. Cerullo, P. C. Land, H. W. Linde

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Abstract

Serum potassium levels were measured at 6 hour intervals in 2 groups of 3 patients each during whole-body hypothermia for 48 hours, and during rewarming for 24 hours. One group received supplemented KCl to maintain serum potassium concentration above 3.0 during the period of hypothermia. This treatment resulted in elevations of serum potassium which required treatment at 72 hours. The second group received only sufficient KCl to replace measured urine and gastric losses. In this group no posthypothermia hyperkalemia occurred.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S203
JournalAnesthesiology
Volume51
Issue number3 SUPPL
DOIs
StatePublished - 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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