Nursing assignment question
A 19-year-old female arrives at the Emergency Department (ED) after participating in a contest to drink the most water. She drank 5 liters of water in about 2 hours. 911 was called when the student reported a headache and was confused. Upon arrival to the ED, a nursing assessment was performed and laboratory tests ordered by the healthcare provider were obtained. The patient reports a headache, abdominal cramping, and has orthostatic hypotension. The following laboratory results are reported:
- Sodium: 122 mEq/L
- Potassium: 3.6 mEq/L
- Calcium: 10 mg/dL
- Magnesium: 2 mg/dL
- Chloride: 100 mEq/L
- Phosphate: 2 mEq/L
Initial Discussion Post:
- Cluster and analyze the data in the scenario.
- Determine the electrolyte imbalance.
- As the RN monitoring this patient, what assessments will you perform for early recognition of potential problems?
- Identify a nursing diagnosis with related factors, and defining characteristics (if appropriate).
- Describe the analysis used and rationale for your choice.