'Near-miss' hyperkalaemic cardiac arrest associated with rapid blood transfusion ANAESTHESIA Carvalho, B., Quiney, N. F. 1999; 54 (11): 1094-1096


A case is presented in which a relatively modest blood transfusion resulted in acute hyperkalaemia with a 'near-miss' cardiac arrest. While transfusion-related hyperkalaemia usually occurs in association with massive transfusions, several factors may have increased the risk of such an acute reaction. A high index of suspicion is required, especially in patients with risk factors. Anaesthetists should not be lulled into a false sense of security simply because modest volumes of blood are being transfused.

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