The physician orders 10 units of regular insulin I.V. and 50 ml of dextrose 50%, STAT. Which of the following is the physician most likely attemping to correct?


•Hyperkalemia can be effectively treated by administering insulin and dextrose 50%.

•Insulin will shift potassium from the extracellular space to the intracellular space, and dextrose 50% will prevent the patient from becoming hypoglycemic.

•Hypokalemia is treated with potassium administration.

•Hyperglycemia is treated will insulin, without additional sugar.

•Hyponatremia is treated based on the underlying cause.

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