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Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Hyponatremia in Older Adults: Diagnosis

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Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Hyponatremia in Older Adults: Diagnosis

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Author(s):  
Sangeetha Murugapandian MD, Bijin Thajudeen MD
Sponsor: 
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
POGOe Id: 
21992
Date Posted: 
03/29/2018
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
03/19/2018
Abstract: 

Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Hyponatremia in Older Adults: Diagnosisis one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 

After reading this issue of Elder Care, you should be able to…

  1. Identify the common causes of hyponatremia
  2. Define pseudohyponatremia and identify its common causes
  3. Use the algorithm provided to determine the likely cause of a patient’s hyponatremia based on the patients volume status, serum osmolality, and urine sodium levels
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as:

  1. Content is not changed,
  2. No one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. Authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and
  4. The reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program”.
Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Suggested Citation:
Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Hyponatremia in Older Adults: Diagnosis. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2018 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/21992