The nurse is caring for a patient with severe dehydration. After assessing the urine in the foley catheter what would the nurse expect the patients urine specific gravity to be?

The nurse is caring for a patient with severe dehydration. After assessing the urine in the foley catheter what would the nurse expect the patients urine specific gravity to be?

 

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Correct

- 1.065

- 1.03

- 1.025

- 1.015

Rationale

Urine specific gravity is essentially a measure of the concentration of urine. Normal levels are 1.000 to 1.030 and provides a basic determination of renal function, fluid volume, and endocrine function. In a patient that is dehydrated the nurse should expect USG to be increased as the urine will be highly concentrated due to low volume.

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