Continuing our new series of chemical recipes, we bring you week 15 – potassium chloride (KCl).
Remember that when preparing any of our recipes, you should:
- Always wear appropriate PPE including eye protection and gloves.
- Always add acid to water (never water to acid).
- Use a fume cupboard.
- Always carry out a risk assessment when using any chemicals.
- Follow all recommended safety procedures and adhere to the label instructions, hazard warnings and local legislations.
What is potassium chloride?
Potassium Chloride is a metal halide composed of potassium and chloride. Potassium maintains intracellular tonicity, is required for nerve conduction, cardiac, skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, production of energy, the synthesis of nucleic acids, maintenance of blood pressure and normal renal function. This agent has potential antihypertensive effects and when taken as a nutritional supplement may prevent hypokalemia.
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