Barium, Elemental

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Laboratory

A) Institute continuous cardiac monitoring and obtain an ECG (evaluate for evidence of hypokalemia including T wave flattening and prominent U waves).
B) Monitor vital signs, with particular attention to evidence of respiratory insufficiency. Perform serial neurologic exams to evaluate for muscle weakness.
C) Determine potassium levels frequently (every 1 to 2 hours until stabilized). Monitor serum phosphorus, magnesium CK and renal function in symptomatic patients.
D) Serum barium concentrations are not readily available or useful in guiding therapy.
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