Hemolysis Why Is the Potassium Level So High Today

A physician called the laboratory to inquiry about a specimen collected from his patient. The plasma potassium concentration had been reported as 5.9 mmol/L. This value was abnormally high when compared to the reference range (3.5 to 4.5 mmol/L) for potassium. The physician was concerned that hemolysis had falsely elevated the potassium result. The technologist checked the sample and assured the physician that there were no visible signs of hemolysis.

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