Transfusion-associated hyperkalemia.

  title={Transfusion-associated hyperkalemia.},
  author={Adrienne Vraets and Yulia Lin and Jeannie L Callum},
  journal={Transfusion medicine reviews},
  volume={25 3},
The supernatant potassium concentration [K+] of red blood cell (RBC) units is frequently much higher than normal human plasma potassium levels, especially in units nearing the end of their storage life. Clinical hyperkalemia resulting from RBC transfusions has been recognized as a transfusion complication for decades, and there have been reported cardiac arrests attributed to transfusion-associated hyperkalemia. This review summarizes the evidence surrounding RBC [K+] levels, effects of… CONTINUE READING