The nurse is caring for a patient with congestive heart failure, hypotension, and endocarditis. Which of the following lab results should the nurse report to the physician?

Lactate 5.5 mmol/L

Explanation

• Normal range for lactate is 0.5-2.2 mmol/L.

• An elevated lactate is a sign of sepsis or tissue ischemia and should be reported to the physician.

• BNP, Troponin-I, and pH are all within normal limits.

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