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Can calcium gluconate or calcium chloride be used when treating hyperkalemic cardiac toxicity during an MH crisis?

Either calcium gluconate or calcium chloride can be used to treat life-threatening hyperkalemia. Gluconate (10-50 mg/kg) is less potent, but is less irritating to peripheral veins. The higher potency calcium chloride (4-10 mg/kg) is more appropriate for the acute situation.

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  • Management of MH Susceptible Patients
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