Hospital-Acquired Hyponatremia, and Use of Hypertonic 3% Saline in Adults
Hyponatremia has been estimated to occur in 15-30% of patients hospitalized acutely or chronically, and is cited as the most common electrolyte disorder encountered in clinical practice.1,2 It can be life-threatening.
Our previous bulletins have discussed the need for standardized protocols governing the safe management of hyponatremia. (see below).
Hypertonic saline is sometimes used in the management of severe hyponatremia and the use of guidelines for its safe utilization and storage are suggested.
This web page provides health care professionals with useful resources and information on this topic.
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