Cardiac arrest due to oral potassium intake

Intensive Care Med. 1988;15(1):58-9. doi: 10.1007/BF00255641.


A 29-year-old woman suffered a cardiac arrest, due to profound hyperkalaemia, caused by the use of a potassium-containing salt substitute. She was resuscitated, but post-hypoxic brain damage occurred. Some of the sparse literature is reviewed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Adult
  • Dehydration / complications
  • Female
  • Heart Arrest / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Hyperkalemia / complications*
  • Poisoning / complications