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September 11, 2000

New Guidelines for Potassium Replacement in Clinical Practice: A Contemporary Review by the National Council on Potassium in Clinical Practice

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis (Dr Cohn); Department of Cardiology, Lankenau Hospital and Medical Research Center, Wynnewood, Pa, and Department of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa (Dr Kowey); Department of Epidemiology, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, La (Dr Whelton); and Department of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta (Dr Prisant).

Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(16):2429-2436. doi:10.1001/archinte.160.16.2429

This article is the result of a meeting of the National Council on Potassium in Clinical Practice. The Council, a multidisciplinary group comprising specialists in cardiology, hypertension, epidemiology, pharmacy, and compliance, was formed to examine the critical role of potassium in clinical practice. The goal of the Council was to assess the role of potassium in terms of current medical practice and future clinical applications. The primary outcome of the meeting was the development of guidelines for potassium replacement therapy. These guidelines represent a consensus of the Council members and are intended to provide a general approach to the prevention and treatment of hypokalemia.