Sodium Acetate

Key points  

  • We recommend to consult your poison centre with the use of this antidote
  • Use only in the event of a shortage of sodium bicarbonate.​
  • WARNING: Not to be confused with sodium bicarbonate.
  • Do not administer by direct IV. Dilute before administering.
  • Sodium acetate is an irritant.
  • One vial of sodium acetate does not equal one vial or syringe of sodium bicarbonate.
  • 1 mmol of (sodium) acetate is equal to 1 mmol of (sodium) bicarbonate, since sodium acetate is metabolized into bicarbonate on an equimolar basis.
  • Sodium acetate has a distinctive odour similar to that of vinegar.
  • Blood pH should be monitored to make sure it does not exceed 7.55.

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Last updated: 11-06-2018