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"Here, have a bite of this potassium feldspar"

Hypokalemia is a life-threatening condition when the potassium ranges between 3.0 and 3.5. In this critical window, it is of the utmost importance that health care providers drop everything and replete that potassium.[1]


A potassium < 3.5. But again, our focus here is potassiums of 3.0 to 3.5. Don't bother repeating that potassium; time is of the essence!


First line treatment for "mild" hypokalemia is calling a Code Blue and having the Code Team bring the special crash cart with bananas[2]and other fruits. Bolus patient orally and aggressively but stopping short of aspiration or hilarity. Be sure to pat selves on back when done.

Additional Reading

- Bicarbonate

- Chloride

- Sodium

- Table Sugar


  1. Team to Replete the Hell Out of Patient’s Potassium
  2. Physician Shocked to Learn Banana Bags Not Made with Real Fruit

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