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Which laboratory test result is the most important indicator of malnutrition in a client who has a wound?



A. Serum potassium level
B. Lymphocyte count
C. Albumin level
D. Differential count

This question is part of basic physical care (part 1)

Asked by Savannah, Last updated: Aug 13, 2020

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

Albumin level-rationale: protein and vitamin c help build and repair injured tissue. albumin is a major plasma protein; therefore, a clients albumin level helps gauge his nutritional status. potassium levels indicate fluid and electrolyte status. lymphocyte count and differential count help assess for infection.client needs category: physiological integrityclient needs subcategory: basic care and comfortcognitive level: comprehensionreference: craven, r.f., and hirnle, c.j. fundamentals of nursing: human health and function, 5th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2007, p. 985.
 

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