Which is the most suitable option here? A nurse is preparing to care for a client with a potassium deficit. The nurse reviews the client's record and determines that the client was at risk for developing the potassium deficit because the client _____.
A. Has renal failure. B. Requires nasogastric suction. C. Has a history of Addison s disease. D. Is taking a potassium-sparing diuretic.
B is the right answer to this question. For those who are not familiar with this, a nasogastric suction is a type of medical process wherein a plastic tube will be inserted so that the patient can be fed with the proper nutrients through the tube.
This can be a problem because, through the suction, the potassium that the patient is supposed to get becomes lost. Those who do not get enough potassium are at risk of developing certain conditions such as hyperkalemia. The information will allow the nurse to think of the proper care needed by the patient. The patient’s care is always important.
Requires nasogastric suction.-rationale: potassium-rich gastrointestinal fluids are lost through gastrointestinal suction, placing the client at risk for hypokalemia. the client with renal failure or addisons disease and the client taking a potassium-sparing diuretic are at risk for hyperkalemia.test-taking strategy: use the process of elimination. note that the subject of the question is a potassium deficit. option b is the only option that identifies a loss of body fluid. if you had difficulty with this question, review the causes of hypokalemia.