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Which acid-base disorder would be ordered by the nurse to monitor?
A client with a small bowel obstruction has had an NG tube connected to low intermittent suction for two days.

Which acid-base disorder would be ordered by the nurse to monitor?<br/>
A client with a small bowel obstruction has had an NG tube connected to low intermittent suction for two days.

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Asked by Hudson, Last updated: Jul 23, 2018

A. Respiratory alkalosis
B. Respiratory acidosis
C. Metabolic alkalosis
D. Metabolic acidosis


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H. Jones

H. JonesWeb Content Writer, San Antonio,
Web Content Writer, San Antonio,

Answered on Oct 24, 2018

The answer is letter C. Metabolic alkalosis is a condition wherein the tissue’s pH heightens to its normal range. The normal level ranges from 7.35 to 7.45. When the pH level of the tissues goes beyond 7.45, a decrease in hydrogen ion occurs. In the given situation, the patient has a tube connected to low suction for 2 days.

Since there is a small bowel obstruction, the patient experiences loss of hydrochloric acid. One can also experience vomiting due to metabolic alkalosis because of this loss. One can also be advised to take an antacid to calm the stomach to avoid vomiting. It is important to drink water so a person will not get dehydrated.

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John Adney

What is normal ph
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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Sep 12, 2016

Metabolic alkalosis
Clients with gastric suctioning can lose hydrogen ions resulting in a metabolic alkalosis.
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