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Which one of the following should be reported immediately? The nurse is reviewing laboratory results on a client with acute renal failure.



A. Blood urea nitrogen 50 mg/dl
B. Hemoglobin of 10.3 mg/dl
C. Venous blood pH 7.30
D. Serum potassium 6 mEq/L

This question is part of Renal Failure (Acute & Chronic) by RNpedia.com
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Answered Feb 07, 2019

The correct answer to this question is D.

Although all values are abnormal, the serum potassium level is critically high. Potassium is an essential electrolyte, which is a mineral the body needs to function correctly. Potassium is especially important for nerves and muscles, including the heart. Kidney failure is the most common cause of high potassium levels. When the kidneys fail or do not function properly, they can’t remove extra potassium from the body.

This can lead to potassium buildup. Critically high potassium can cause paralysis or heart failure. If left untreated, high potassium levels can cause the heart to stop.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Mar 25, 2017

Serum potassium 6 mEq/L

Although all of these findings are abnormal, the elevated potassium is a life threatening finding and must be reported immediately.
 

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