Which of the following is a priority nursing intervention? A client is admitted with diabetic ketoacidosis who, with treatment, has a normal blood glucose, pH, and serum osmolality. During assessment, the client complains of weakness in the legs.
A. Request a physical therapy consult from the physician B. Ensure the client is safe from falls and check the most recent potassium level C. Allow uninterrupted rest periods throughout the day D. Encourage the client to increase intake of dairy products and green leafy vegetables.
Ensure the client is safe from falls and check the most recent potassium level
In the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis, the blood sugar is lowered, the pH is corrected, and potassium moves back into the cells, resulting in low serum potassium. Client safety and the correction of low potassium levels are a priority. The weakness in the legs is a clinical manifestation of the hypokalemia. Dairy products and green, leafy vegetables are a source of calcium.