Which of the following laboratory values should the nurse check before notifying the physician of the client's failure to respond to treatment?
A client with pancreatitis has been receiving potassium supplementation for four days since being admitted with a serum potassium of 3.0 mEq/L. Today the potassium level is 3.1 mEq/L.
Low serum magnesium levels can inhibit potassium ions from crossing cell membranes, resulting in potassium loss through the urine. Generally, low magnesium levels must be corrected before potassium replacement is effective.