The nurse is assessing a client with moderate dehydration. Which of the following assessment findings are characteristic of this condition?


• Fluid loss of 4-6% is considered moderate dehydration. Clinical manifestations of moderate dehydration include: lethargy, dry oral mucosa, reduced urine output, slow skin turgor, and thirst.

• Tachycardia, hypotension, and sunken eyes are clinical manifestations of severe dehydration, seen with a fluid loss of 7% or more.

• Patients with mild dehydration (<4% fluid loss) have no symptoms, but may feel thirst.

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