Low pot is by far the most prevalent elyte disturbance in critical care medicine and therefore in stroke medicine. On our wards there is a reflex of ordering K tablets en masse. We want to shed light on the differential diagnosis of hypokalemia, discuss the many reasons why intensive care patients develop it and bring structure into therapy.

There is – of course – no current publication to use as reference, since elyte disorders are mainly good ole medicine. I have Rose’s Clinical Physiology of Acid-Base and Electrolyte Disorders which is wonderful and includes small cases to work on.


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