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DEL RIO CRESPO, Érika Alejandra; GRANDA CARVAJAL, Paula Andrea  and  CASTANEDA GARCES, Sergio Andrés. Experience with implementation of standardized using potassium chloride solutions. av.enferm. [online]. 2015, vol.33, n.1, pp.19-28. ISSN 0121-4500.

Potassium chloride is a high-risk medication frequently used in hospitals. In the Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe, a group was formed to lead the implementation of a safe practice for the use of this medicine. Initially a diagnosis was made, whose results were the removal of potassium chloride ampoules from the care unit, the prescription of stand- ardized electrolyte mixtures for pediatric and adult patients, and their centralized preparation by the Pharmaceutical Service defined. It were followed to assess adherence to the practice implemented by finding a fulfillment of 91,2%, without the presence of vials stored in the units was restricted and no influence was found on phlebitis rates compared to previous months of the use of these mixtures. In addition, it was recognized the inherent risks of the use of a drug such as potassium chloride within the care team. At present, this practice is still exerted at the institution; there have been improvements in accordance with the findings in the monitoring process. It is model for implementation with other medications and mixtures containing electrolytes.

Keywords : Patient Safety; Drug- Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions; Medication Errors; Drug Prescriptions; Potassium.

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