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


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?


A. Orthostatic hypotension


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.


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