The nurse is administering several scheduled medications to a patient with acute renal failure. The nurse should frequently assess the patient for:

Drug toxicity.


• Acute renal failure puts the patient at risk for drug toxicity because most drugs are excreted by the kidneys

• Lethargy is expected in a patient with renal failure, but this is not as serious as drug toxicity

• Polyuria and chest pain are not generally associated with acute renal failure

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