Management of Hyperkalemia

Hyperkalemia is an electrolyte abnormality that can contribute to life-threatening arrhythmias. Currently, there is no standardization in the treatment of hyperkalemia at our institution and anecdotal evidence suggests that variances exist in the management of this electrolyte abnormality. The need for clinical decision support and education at UPMC Pinnacle hospitals has been anticipated

Target Audience

Pharmacists

Learning Objectives

Define hyperkalemia and summarize the epidemiology, pathophysiology, risk factors, clinical presentation, and treatment.

Compare and contrast the oral potassium binders for patients with hyperkalemia and review the evidence for their use.

Design an effective treatment regimen for a patient with hyperkalemia based on patient-specific factors.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
    The UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a Provider of continuing pharmacy education.
Course opens: 
05/15/2019
Course expires: 
08/09/2019

Hyperkalemia is an electrolyte abnormality that can contribute to life-threatening arrhythmias.  Currently, there is no standardization in the treatment of hyperkalemia at our institution and anecdotal evidence suggests that variances exist in the management of this electrolyte abnormality.  The need for clinical decision support and education at UPMC Pinnacle hospitals has been anticipated.

UPMC Pinnacle Pharmacists will have a better understanding about the treatment options for hyperkalemia and will be able to accurately assess medication orders for both appropriateness and effectiveness according to patient specific factors.

UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg
UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg , PA
United States

Lauren M. Ball, PharmD

CPE Accreditation Statement

The University of Pittsburgh Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a Provider of continuing pharmacy education

The assigned universal program number(s) is:  0481-0000-19-115-L01-P

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
    The UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a Provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
05/15/2019
Course expires: 
08/09/2019
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