Incidence of hypoglycemia following insulin-based acute stabilization of hyperkalemia treatment
Journal of Hospital Medicine, 03/23/2012
Schafers S et al. – Iatrogenic hypoglycemia, as a result of treatment for hyperkalemia, is a common occurrence. Hyperkalemia occurs disproportionately in patients with acute kidney injury or end–stage renal disease, and these patients are predisposed to an increased risk of hypoglycemia. The risk of severe hypoglycemia escalates in patients with lower body weight and creatinine clearance. Hypoglycemia risk can be minimized by providing sufficient dextrose in the treatment regimen, however, patient variability in treatment response dictates careful blood glucose monitoring before and after treatment.