SN provided teaching regarding hypokalemia. Low potassium (hypokalemia) refers to a lower than normal potassium level in your bloodstream. Potassium helps carry electrical signals to cells in your body. It is critical to the proper functioning of nerve and muscles cells, particularly heart muscle cells. S/s include weakness, muscle cramps, heart palpitations, and constipation. SN instructed that patient should report any of these to her nurse promptly. Verbal understanding noted.
SN instructed patient and caregiver that potassium is available in foods such as asparagus, tomatoes and green leafy vegetables such as spinach. Some salt substitutes contain potassium. Avoid fruits like bananas and oranges if you are on a diabetic diet. If levels drop too low or spike too high, your heart function suffers, becoming slow or erratic, a condition known as arrhythmias. Because abnormal potassium levels greatly impact your heart function and can ultimately lead to a heart attack, it’s essential to follow your doctor’s advice carefully. Most common reasons for potassium loss is from vomiting, diarrhea, laxative use and diuretic use.
Patient was educated about potassium 10 meq 1 tablet oral daily and the importance to report dark, tarry, or bloody stools; weakness; unusual fatigue; or tingling of extremities. Notify if nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach discomfort persists. Dosage may require adjustment. Emphasize the importance of regular follow-up exams to monitor serum levels and progress.
Patient was educated about potassium 10 meq 1 tablet oral daily and the importance to know sign and symptoms of toxicity and Overdose: (slow, irregular heartbeat; fatigue; muscle weakness; paresthesia; confusion; dyspnea).
Patient was educated about potassium 10 meq 1 tablet oral daily and it's side effects such as: confusion, restlessness, weakness, abdominal pain , diarrhea , flatulence , nausea , vomiting, and the importance to notified immediately nurse/ agency/ doctor/ 911 if any of this persist.
Patient was educated about potassium 10 meq 1 tablet oral daily this medication is given for treatment/ prevention of potassium depletion.
Patient/caregiver was educated about potassium 20 meq 1 tab po daily this medication was order to treat possible potassium depletion induced by furosemide action.
Patient/caregiver was educated about potassium 20 meq 1 tab po daily and it's side effects such as: confusion, restless, weakness, arrhythmias, electrocardiogram changes, diarrhea, vomiting, if any of this appear it is very important to notify nurse/ agency/ md/ 911.
Patient/caregiver was educated about potassium 20 meq 1 tab po daily it is very important to take the medication with a full glass of water to prevent gastric distress.
Instructed in possible adverse reactions to Potassium including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Instructed to always take with a full glass of liquid, and with food to prevent GI upset.