A 5-year-old is admitted to the hospital with DKA. To prevent cardiac arrhythmias, which lab result should the nurse be particularly aware of?


•During ketoacidosis, potassium enters the blood causing hyperkalemia. Potassium imbalances can cause harmful cardiac arrhythmias.

•Changes in sodium, calcium, and chloride generally do not cause arrhythmias.

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