A patient is receiving isotonic IV fluids at a rate of 150 ml/hour. Which of the following would indicate a need for more IV fluids?

Amber urine
Decreased skin turgor
Dry mucous membranes

Explanation

•Clinical assessment of dehydration includes: concentrated/dark urine, decreased skin turgor, dry mucous membranes, thirst, weight loss, hypotension or postural hypotension, tachycardia, and weak pulses.

•Jugular vein distention and peripheral edema would indicate fluid overload.

•A serum potassium of 3.4 mEq/L is only slightly low and does not require additional fluids. However, the administration of potassium chloride may be required.

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