A nurse is assessing for a patients nutritional status. In addition to checking the patients weight, which of the following assessments would the nurse include to check for malnutrition?

 

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- Fluid retention

- Dullness with percussion over the abdomen

- Increased respiratory rate

- Lower-than-normal body temperature

Rationale

Malnutrition can be manifested in a number of ways in a client, beyond a decrease in body weight. A patient who does not take in enough protein in the diet because of malnutrition may have evidence of fluid retention.

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