Introduction to Common Electrolyte Abnormalities
This Course provides an easy-to-understand introduction to the science of the two most common electrolytes, sodium and potassium, and their main functions in the body. Common problems associated with electrolyte abnormalities are examined and treatment options are discussed.
DiscussDiscuss sodium and potassium electrolyte abnormalities
IdentifyIdentify common complaints or symptoms which might indicate these electrolyte abnormalities
ExplainExplain the nursing assessment and care of these common electrolyte abnormalities
DescribeDescribe potential treatments of sodium and potassium abnormalities
Peripatetic and always intellectually restless, Darren Wake has pursued varied careers in journalism, media production, academic philosophy and nursing. As a nurse, he worked in the speciality areas of critical care, community care, remote area healthcare and education. As a formally qualified academic philosopher Darren taught undergraduate units in law and ethics in healthcare, although his principle research focus revolved around logic and the philosophy of language. Darren’s media production output can be found scattered about the Ausmed website and in his long forgotten days as a word monkey, he wrote for European publications such as The Scotsman, The Great Outdoors, Country Walking and The Times. In 2014 Darren consulted to the Department of Health for the development of Consumer Directed Care policy and guidelines for remote area communities in the Northern Territory. These days he is the managing editor of a small independent publishing company based in the United Kingdom, and lives in Tasmania. In his spare time, Darren is currently studying a formal course in celestial navigation, just in case the inevitable zombie apocalypse messes with the world’s GPS satellite system.
- The science and pathophysiology behind the most common of the electrolytes: sodium and potassium
- Disease mechanisms that lead to abnormal levels
- How to identify the signs and symptoms associated with electrolyte disturbances
- Nursing assessment and interventions, including the identification of risk factors
- Common medical interventions
All health professionals, but those practising in the following fields may find it of particular relevance:
- Acute care
- Aged care
- Community care
- Critical care
- Emergency care
Review and introduce the theoretical and practical basis of sodium and potassium disturbances, and explain their causes, assessment and treatment.
Electrolyte disturbances are a surprisingly common occurrence in the healthcare system, in particular, sodium and potassium. Both these electrolyte disturbances pose severe health risks to patients. Treatment protocols are well established, but for them to be effective it is essential that health professionals are able to identify and understand the mechanisms that mediate these disturbances, how they manifest, and the means by which they can be treated. Therefore, all health professionals need to have a working knowledge of the most common electrolyte disturbances they may encounter.
Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.