Volume 7, Issue 2: HyponatraemiaAuthor: Melinda (Dolly) McPherson
Hyponatraemia – salt on the mind?
You have just pulled up on standby next to your favourite fast food joint when the MDT flashes up: it is a red call to a 49-year-old gentleman with cramps, chest pain and drowsiness. As you begin your assessment this does not appear very serious, the patient denies any chest pain and perhaps they should follow this up with his own GP but you feel there is more to this than meets the eye…..
Hyponatraemia is a complex and potentially life-threatening condition that requires very careful management. After completing this issue you should be aware of signs and symptoms and potential causes and risk factors that might indicate the condition has developed. You should also be aware of the need for very careful management of this condition and how best to respond to a patient with potential hyponatraemia in the pre-hospital setting ensuring that you make the right decision about whether to convey them to ED.
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