The nurse is administering a Kayexalate enema to a patient with an elevated potassium level. The patient asks how long he will have to retain the enema. Which of the following responses is correct?

"30 minutes"


•Kayexalate needs to be retained for at least 30 minutes to allow the patient's bowel to exchange potassium for sodium. Diarrhea will occur to increase potassium loss.

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