The nurse is assessing a septic patient with hypotension and tachycardia. The nurse reviews the patient's lab results and expects an elevation of:

Lactate

Explanation

•Lactate (or lactic acid) is elevated in sepsis due to low tissue perfusion and oxygenation. This causes the creation of energy through anaerobic metabolism, which forms lactic acid as a waste product.

•Sepsis is not associated with an increase in troponin-I, platelets, hemoglobin, or ammonia.

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