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Dr. Jamie Johnston, Professor of Medicine in the department of medicine and renal-electrolyte division, focuses his talk on recognizing the common errors in treating electrolyte disorders, how to treat them, and knowing when to ask for help.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize common errors in treating elderly patients with electrolyte problems
  • Develop adequately treatment plans for these abnormalities
  • Identify opportunities to request consults and support

Reading Resources:

  • Schlanger, LE, et al.  Electrolytes in the Aging. Adv Chronic Kid Dis. 2010;17:308
  • Verbalis JG. Diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of hyponatremia: expert panel recommendations. Am J Med. 2013 Oct;126(10 Suppl 1):S1-42.
  • Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2015 Aug 5. pii: S0939-4753(15)00181-7.


Dr. Johnston has reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .75 contact hour.

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Release Date: 11/5/15 | Last Modified On: 11/5/15 | Expires: 11/7/16

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