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QOD 51: Lab Values in a Patient with Dehydration (Labs/Basic Care and Comfort)

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Question: 

A nurse is caring for a client who is at high risk of dehydration. Which parameter would the nurse use for assessment if this patient were to become dehydrated?

Answer: 

A. Orthostatic hypotension

Rationale: 

A patient who is dehydrated may exhibit several clinical signs that indicate that the nurse needs to intervene to help increase the patients fluid intake. A patient who has lost weight, has elevated serum sodium, elevated BUN with decreased creatinine, and orthostatic hypotension is exhibiting signs of dehydration.

 

Date Published - Mar 21, 2016
Date Modified - Jul 11, 2016