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    Condition: Low Amount of Potassium in the Blood
    5/22/2018 11:59:06 AM

    Reviewer: Dona, 65-74 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient)

    Effectiveness

    Current Rating: 3

    Ease of Use

    Current Rating: 1

    Satisfaction

    Current Rating: 1

    Comment:
    I have never experienced this much torture in my life, not even broken ribs with a collapsed lung compares. I now know if I was in a prison camp I would tell my captors all. The pain brought me to tears screaming out for help.

    Condition: Low Amount of Potassium in the Blood
    9/7/2016 5:11:01 AM

    Reviewer: Nico, 25-34 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient)

    Effectiveness

    Current Rating: 1

    Ease of Use

    Current Rating: 1

    Satisfaction

    Current Rating: 1

    Comment:
    I was in hospital for 3 days. The entire time they had me on a potassium iv. They never changed the iv out and constantly pumped in 100ml an hour. The pain is still unbearable in my arm and it has been 3 weeks. I can not use my right arm as I used to, straightening it hurts more than i can describe while bending it does the same. After all of this my potassium level never changed. They gave me a d ... Show Full Comment

    Condition: Low Amount of Potassium in the Blood
    9/25/2015 3:05:35 AM

    Reviewer: vannah93, 25-34 Female on Treatment for 5 to less than 10 years (Patient)

    Effectiveness

    Current Rating: 1

    Ease of Use

    Current Rating: 1

    Satisfaction

    Current Rating: 1

    Comment:
    I was prepped for surgery three times and each time my potassium was too low. The pill never help, and this method they shot in my veins to try to bring levels up so I could have surgery...was too painful to describe. I was in the surgery prep room, so I'm sure they used a fast method. The nurse warned me that I prob wouldn't be able to handle it. She was RIGHT! I tried so hard, for maybe ... Show Full Comment

    Condition: Low Amount of Potassium in the Blood
    4/30/2014 10:13:56 PM

    Reviewer: Carla, 55-64 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient)

    Effectiveness

    Current Rating: 5

    Ease of Use

    Current Rating: 1

    Satisfaction

    Current Rating: 1

    Comment:
    I had several infusions of IV potassium chloride when my serum potassium was too low after a kidney transplant. It really hurt. Nurses knew, slowed the rate of infusion, and provided ice packs, but it was still very painful. It brought me to tears, and I was on post-op pain med. I was unaware that any anesthetic could be added to the drip. Without the infusion, my heart was at risk, so I had no c ... Show Full Comment

    Condition: Low Amount of Potassium in the Blood
    7/22/2013 10:29:07 AM

    Reviewer: Allie, 55-64 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Caregiver)

    Effectiveness

    Current Rating: 4

    Ease of Use

    Current Rating: 2

    Satisfaction

    Current Rating: 1

    Comment:
    This caused a great deal of confusion, anxiety, and pain in my elderly father. He is very stoic but the I.v. site was on fire. We finally had the nurse stop the drip. Caregivers need to be with the patient when potassium is being given by I.v. Paranoia, etc., set in and progressed as the drip continued.

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