Description paper: Electrolyte Disorders

Description paper: Electrolyte Disorders

Description paper: Electrolyte Disorders


To prepare:

•Review Chapters 207, 208, and 241 of the Buttaro et al. text, as well as the Adams et al. and Assadi articles in this week’s Learning Resources.

•Select one of the following electrolyte disorders: hyperkalemia and hypokalemia; hypercalcemia and hypocalcemia; hypernatremia and hyponatremia; hypermagnesemia and hypomagnesemia. Reflect on signs and symptoms of this disorder.

•Consider potential causes of the disorder that you selected. Reflect on whether that disorder is iatrogenic or a result of prescribed drugs.

•Think about the impact of this electrolyte disorder on patients. Consider how the disorder affects other body systems.

Post 1 to 2 pages on a description of the electrolyte disorder that you selected as well as signs and symptoms. Then, explain potential causes of the disorder including whether it is iatrogenic or a result of prescribed drugs. Finally, describe the impact of the disorder on patients and their body systems.



•Buttaro, T. M., Trybulski, J., Polgar Bailey, P., & Sandberg-Cook, J. (2013). Primary care: A collaborative practice (4th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby

◾Chapter 207, “Hypercalcemia and Hypocalcemia” (pp. 1090–1095

Chapter 208, “Hypernatremia and Hyponatremia” (pp. 1095–1101)

Chapter 241, “Oncology Complications and Paraneoplastic Syndromes” (pp. 1303–1308)

  • Adams, D., de Jonge, R., van der Cammen, T., Zietse, R., & Hoorn, E. J. (2011). Acute kidney injury in patients presenting with hyponatremia. Journal of Nephrology, 24(6), 749–755.

Assadi, F. (2010). Hypomagnesemia: An evidence-based approach to clinical cases. Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases, 4(1), 13–19.

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