- For moderate elevation of potassium (6 to 7 mEq/L):
- Initiate a temporary intracellular shift of potassium using the following agents:
- * Sodium bicarbonate: 50 mEq IV or up to 1 mEq/kg over 5 minutes
- * Glucose/insulin: Mix 10 U regular insulin and 25 g (50 mL of D50) glucose, and give IV over 10 to 15 minutes
- * Nebulized Albuterol: 5 to 20 mg over 15 min.
Well after doing some research on the subject to me it does look like a viable treatment to assist in the treatment of Hyperkalemia in patients, but from what I have been noticing is that the Doctors are not ordering this properly to even make a dent. We here at my hospital get orders for just a regular nebulized albuterol treatment of 2.5mg which is nowhere near the recommended 10-20mg to even cause a dent in the potassium levels.
To be curious about why your doing something is a good thing and the internet is a plethera of information to be found in our profession. If you have questions, research it.
Keep driving on RT's.