The nurse is treating a patient suffering from an Addisonian crisis. The nurse should avoid the administration of:


• Addisonian crisis causes severe hyperkalemia. Administration of potassium chloride is contraindicated

• Addisonian crisis, or adrenal crisis, is a medical emergency caused by severe adrenocortical insufficiency

• Addisonian crisis causes severe hypotension, hypoglycemia, hyperkalemia, hyponatremia, weakness, weight loss, and abdominal pain

• Treatment includes the administration of hydrocortisone, saline, and dextrose

• Vasopressors are not usually given, but can help maintain blood pressure

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