About Steven Polevoi, MD

ALiEM Guest Contributor
Medical Director and QI Director
Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

QI Series: Pitfalls in Diagnosing Hyperkalemia

Clue copyA 55 year old male was brought to the Emergency Department (ED) by paramedics complaining of weakness and chest discomfort. His past medical history was notable for coronary artery disease with bypass grafting, diabetes mellitus, and end stage renal disease. He reported being non-compliant with his last 2 scheduled hemodialysis sessions. Paramedics noted pallor and recorded a blood pressure of 80/palpated and a heart rate of 44. Upon arrival to the ED, a 12 lead ECG was obtained.

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By |2016-11-11T19:17:44-08:00Dec 16, 2013|ECG, Endocrine-Metabolic|
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