Calcium Gluconate

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Calcium Gluconate

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1. Antidote for spider bites?πŸ’ Historically, IV calcium gluconate was used as an antidote for black widow spider envenomation, often in conjunction with muscle relaxants.[15] This therapy, however, has since been shown to be ineffective.[16][17]

2. It’s often in short supply πŸ˜’ Shortages of medical calcium gluconate were reported in November 2012 and November 2015 in the United States.[10][23]

3. Treats burns tooπŸ”₯Gel preparations of calcium gluconate are used to treat hydrofluoric acid burns.[13][14] This is because calcium gluconate reacts with hydrofluoric acid to form insoluble, non-toxic calcium fluoride.

4. Get ready to use it for TCCC πŸ’‰  It’s soon becoming the standard to give calcium following a blood transfusion.

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