The nurse is preparing to administer IV insulin, dextrose, and sodium bicarbonate to a patient with acute renal failure. What is the nurse treating?



• Hyperkalemia is a common, potentially life-threatening condition for patients with acute renal failure

• The insulin facilitates movement of potassium into the cells, while the dextrose is used to prevent hypoglycemia. The sodium bicarbonate is also effective in shifting potassium into the cell

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