A nurse is caring for a patient who is recovering from surgery. The patient has developed a headache and muscle cramps and is experiencing mental status changes. The nurse notes that the patients sodium level is 130 mEq/L. What intervention should the nurse do next?

 

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- Administer 3% sodium chloride solution, as ordered

- Encourage the patient to increase oral fluid intake

- Insert a nasogastric tube to low intermittent suction

- Administer lactated Ringer's solution, as ordered

Rationale

A patient with hyponatremia is experiencing sodium deficit and needs replacement of sodium levels, as evidenced by the low laboratory result. The nurse would most likely administer a hypertonic solution that contains extra sodium, such as 3% sodium chloride.

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