LABS & DIAGNOSTICS
Hypernatremia stands for high sodium in the blood. This is often caused from ongoing fluid losses and dehydration, and usually in people who cannot feel or listen to their thirst sensation. Symptoms can range from dry mouth to severe mental impairment, and a good neuro assessment is important! Treatment usually involves IV fluid replacement with D5W or even oral water.
A Comprehensive Guide to Hyponatremia: Understanding, Identifying, and Managing Low Sodium Levels in Patients
Sodium plays a key role in maintaining fluid balance in the body. Nurses should be aware of the potential complications it can cause, such as brain swelling or herniation. Knowing the underlying cause is necessary to guide treatment and prevent poor outcomes in your patients!
Everything nurses need to know about hypercalcemia complications, including causes, symptoms, nursing assessment, treatment, and ECG changes!
Discover Hypermagnesemia causes, nursing assessments, interventions, and treatment in this in-depth article. Learn more now!
Learn about the causes, nursing assessment, and treatment for hyperkalemia in this comprehensive guide for nurses and medical professionals.
Discover nursing interventions for hypokalemia. Learn about symptoms, causes, and treatments for low potassium levels. Read more now.
Master your ABGs and know how to interpret blood gas results like metabolic and respiratory acidosis!
It is essential that nurses be able to interpret cardiac labs – it could literally be the difference between life and death for your patients! Learn about cardiac labs including Troponin, CK, CK-MB, and BNP – and what these labs could mean for your patients!
Urinalysis (UA) interpretation is imperative to understand in the medical field, as UTIs are very common in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. Learn how to interpret the UA here!