A newborn's lab result indicate a phenylketonuria level of 30 mg/dl. What should the nurse do next?

Immediately notify the physician of the critical test result

Explanation

•A PKU level of 30 mg/dl is critically elevated and should be communicated to the physician immediately to provide early intervention. A normal PKU is less than 2 mg/dl.

•The nurse should document the result, but only after the physician has been notified.

•An elevated PKU that goes untreated will result in seizures, albinism, microcephaly, and cerebral impairment.

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