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Hyperkalaemia alert

20/08/2018 16:27:51

We have received recent correspondence about NHSI safety alert NHS/PSA/RE/2018/006 which can be found here and relates to the management of hyperkalaemia.

While the content of this is clearly relevant to NHS laboratories, the ACB was not consulted about the alert and had no prior warning that it was to be released. We believe that good practice in UK laboratories should already address the issues highlighted, and in addition the importance of considering pre-analytical factors when interpreting results, but it is clearly important for all laboratories to review their procedures in light of the alert and supporting documents to ensure that they are appropriate.

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