Tag Archives: electrolytes

Magnesium and Chloride: Episode 27

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We continue our electrolytes bonanza this week with magnesium and chloride. In this podcast episode we cover hypomagnesemia, hypermagnesemia, hypochloremia and hyperchloremia. And beyond just going over the normal lab ranges, we talk about all kinds of fun stuff:

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Potassium and Calcium: Episode 26

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Understanding the important role that electrolytes play will separate you from the ho-hum nurse and catapult you into Awesome Nurse Status. If you’re a student, you might think that it’s simply a matter of knowing what the normal and abnormal values are…but that’s just a teeny tiny part of it!

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The nursing student’s guide to electrolytes

If you’re a nursing student (or about to be) there’s one thing that comes up over and over and over…electrolytes. Having an understanding of how electrolytes work, why they’re important, and what to do when they’re off-kilter is a huge part of your job. In this guide, we’ll take a quick look at some electrolyte pearls of wisdom.

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Hyponatremia: Podcast Episode 17

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In this podcast episode we talk about the basics of hyponatremia:

  • What is hyponatremia?
  • Common causes including neuro injury, psych disorder, even just plain ol’ poor judgment
  • The signs/symptoms of hyponatremia
  • How you treat it a

As usual, this podcast and blog are not intended to replace current evidence-based practice or your institutions policies and procedures. It is intended for educational purposes only.

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Hyponatremia Nursing Care

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A few years ago a local radio station had a contest…Hold Your Wee for a Wii. The contest rules dictated that the contestants would drink copious amounts of water and whoever could hold their pee the longest, won a Wii game console. Despite numerous physicians and nurses calling in to the switchboard to tell them how dangerous this was, their pleas were ignored. They undoubtedly thought…”It’s water…what’s the big deal?” Well, the big deal was that the winning contestant went to bed that afternoon and never woke up. It was an enormous tragedy and absolutely beyond heartbreaking. I can’t imagine what her loved ones went through to have someone close to them die from such an avoidable event.┬áHyponatremia is deadly serious…and┬áhere’s what we’re going to do about it.

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Putting an End to Calcium Confusion

So, you’re looking at your BMP and your calcium is low. Are you nervous? It depends. That’s because calcium can be a wee bit confusing due to its propensity to bind itself to albumin…so next you look at your albumin level and then people start throwing around terms like “corrected calcium” and “ionized calcium.” Don’t worry…it’s not as rough as it seems. Here’s the skinny.

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