A male patient has the following lab results: arterial pH of 7.29, platelet count of 200,000, WBC of 8,000, magnesium of 2.1. Which result is critical and should be reported to the physician immediately?
• Normal arterial pH is 7.35–7.45. The patient is acidotic and may need intervention to correct the pH imbalance.
• Normal platelet count: 150,000–400,000
• Normal WBC: 4,000–10,000
• Normal magnesium: 1.3–2.1
The nurse is caring for a patient with acute renal failure related to hypoperfusion. When reviewing the patient's creatinine levels, the nurse would conclude that normal kidney function has returned with a creatinine level of
The nurse is caring for a patient with sickle-cell disease suffering from a hemolytic crisis. Which of the following lab results would the nurse expect?
The nurse draws blood from a client reporting acute chest pain and nausea that began five hours ago. Which of the following troponin-I levels would the nurse interpret as indicating a myocarial infarction?
The nurse is reviewing the lab results of a jaundice patient suspected of having liver disease. The nurse would expect to note
A patient is transported to the emergency room trauma unit by ambulance after a motor vehicle crash. The patient is exhibiting symptoms of shock. The nurse recognizes the symptoms of shock as which of the following?
The nurse is caring for a patient with hypermagnesemia. She expects the physician to order which of the following to correct the condition?
A patient suspected of having Grave's disease is tested for hormone abnormalities. In Grave's disease, the nurse would expect
The nurse is giving discharge instructions regarding glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) to a patient with diabetes mellitus. The nurse knows that the patient understands the instructions if he states
A male patient is at the clinic for cholesterol testing. Given the following results, which value is abnormal?
Total cholesterol 180 mg/dL
HDL 35 mg/dL
LDL 120 mg/dL
Triglycerides 120 mg/dL
A patient with diabetes reports feeling shaky, weak, and light-headed. When the nurse performs a blood glucose check, the result is 53 mg/dL. The nurse should perform what nursing action?
A nurse on the medical surgical floor is caring for a patient admitted with syncope and dehydration. Upon assessment of the patient, the blood pressure is found to be 82/48. The patient has complaints of dizziness and lightheadedness. Which of the following should be the initial nursing intervention?
A patient who is diagnosed with diabetes mellitus was ordered to have an arterial blood gas (ABG). The attending physician suspects that the patient is experiencing metabolic acidosis. Which set of arterial blood gases should the nurse expect to find if the patient is having metabolic acidosis?
The nurse on a medical surgical floor admits an 80-year-old patient who presents with shortness of breath, fatigue, and weight gain of 10 pounds in the last 3 days. The patient reports a history of myocardial infarction 15 years ago. The nurse suspects the patient has which of the following?