At St. John’s Riverside Hospital we have the Tablets & Oral
Liquid. We mostly use the tablets, but need to change to the Liquid when the
patient is on anticholinergics, which slow down GI transit times and increase
the Irritating effects of the solid form of potassium. We also prefer the
liquid when a dose is to be given near bedtime. Solubilizing the Tablets is an
issue with feeding tubes, So we stock both. Since the tablets are not supposed
to be crushed, this leaves bad technique as an area for potential error.
From: nyschp.dop-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:nyschp.dop-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] ;
On Behalf Of sudha.swamy15 (Redacted sender "sudha.swamy15" for DMARC)
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:13 PM
Subject: [nyschp.dop] Potassium chloride tablets vs. Oral liquid
We received a member question today regarding oral KCl tablets replacing oral
liquid or potassium chloride packets on formulary. Have any of you considered
or implemented this change? If yes, have you encountered issues with tablet
dissolution and increased nursing time?
Any information would be helpful.
Sudha Narayanaswamy, PharmD, BCPP, BCGP