Support Alert

Resources to support the safe and timely management of hyperkalaemia (high level of potassium in the blood)

NHS Improvement has issued a Patient Safety Alert to support the safe and timely management of hyperkalaemia. This alert signposts to a set of resources that can help organisations ensure their clinical staff have easily accessible information to guide prompt investigation, treatment and monitoring options.

The way the body responds to hyperkalaemia is unpredictable; arrhythmias and cardiac arrest can occur without warning. It is potentially a life-threatening emergency. Therefore, timely identification, treatment and monitoring, during and beyond initial treatment is essential.

Further details of the alert and actions to be taken are available on the NHS Improvement website.