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1 1Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Chapter 14 Fluids and Electrolytes

2 2Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Learning Objectives Describe the extracellular and intracellular fluid compartments. Describe the composition of the extracellular and intracellular body fluid compartments. Discuss the mechanisms of fluid transport and fluid balance. Identify the causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment of fluid imbalances. Describe the major functions of all of the major electrolytes sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and chloride. Identify the causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment of electrolyte imbalances.

3 3Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Learning Objectives List data to be collected in assessing fluid and electrolyte status. Discuss the medical treatment and nursing management of persons with fluid and electrolyte imbalances. Explain why older persons are at increased risk for fluid and electrolyte imbalances. List the four types of acid-base imbalances. Identify the major causes of each acid-base imbalance. Explain the management of acid-base imbalances.

4 4Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Homeostasis Maintaining relatively constant conditions as in fluid compartments To maintain internal balance, body must be able to regulate fluids All organs and structures of the body involved in homeostasis

5 5Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Homeostasis Intracellular fluid Fluid within a cell Most of bodys fluids found within the cell Extracellular fluid Fluid outside the cell Intravascular fluid In blood vessels in the form of plasma or serum Interstitial fluid In fluid surrounding cells, including lymph

6 6Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Water Largest portion of body weight Percentage affected by age, sex, body fat Percentage of body water decreases with age Females have a lower percentage of body water than males throughout adult years because women have more fat than men and fat cells contain less water than other cells Obese have a lower percentage of body water because of the increased number of fat cells

7 7Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Solutes Electrolyte Substance that develops an electrical charge when dissolved in water Examples: sodium, potassium, calcium, chloride, bicarbonate, and magnesium Maintain balance between positive and negative charges For every positively charged cation, there is a negatively charged anion Cations and anions combine to balance one another

8 8Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Solutes Sodium (Na) Most abundant electrolyte; primary electrolyte in extracellular fluid Major role in regulating body fluid volumes, muscular activity, nerve impulse conduction, and acid-base balance

9 9Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Solutes Potassium (K) Found mainly in the intracellular fluid; the major intracellular cation Important in maintaining fluid osmolarity and volume within the cell Essential for normal membrane excitabilitya critical factor in transmitting nerve impulses Needed for protein synthesis, for the synthesis and breakdown of glycogen, and to maintain plasma acid-base balance

10 10Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Solutes Chloride (Cl) An extracellular anion that is usually bound with other ions, especially sodium or potassium Functions are to regulate osmotic pressure between fluid compartments and assist in regulating acid- base balance

11 11Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Solutes Calcium (Ca) Usually combined with phosphorus to form the mineral salts of the bones and teeth Of total body calcium, 99% concentrated in the bones and teeth; 1% is in the extracellular fluid Ingested through the diet and absorbed through the intestine Promotes transmission of nerve impulses; helps regulate muscle contraction and relaxation

12 12Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Solutes Magnesium (Mg 2+ ) A cation found in bone (50% to 60%), intracellular fluid (39% to 49%), and extracellular fluid (1%) Plays a role in the metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins, the storage and use of intracellular energy, and neural transmission Important in heart, nerve, and muscle function

13 13Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Solutes Nonelectrolytes Other substances dissolved in the body fluids Urea, protein, glucose, creatinine, and bilirubin These solutes do not carry an electrical charge

14 14Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Transport of Water and Electrolytes Membranes Selectively permeable membranes Separate fluid compartments and control movement of water and certain solutes Maintain unique composition of each compartment of the body while allowing transport of nutrients and wastes to and from cells Some solutes cross membranes more easily than others

15 15Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Transport Processes Diffusion The random movement of particles in all directions is for a substance to move from an area of higher Natural tendency concentration to an area of lower concentration Facilitated diffusion A carrier protein transports the molecules through membranes toward an area of lower concentration

16 16Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Transport Processes Active transport Carrier proteins transport substances from an area of lower concentration to an area of equal or greater concentration Requires expenditure of energy Many solutes, such as sodium, potassium, glucose, and hydrogen, are actively transported across cell membranes

17 17Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Transport Processes Filtration Transfer of water and solutes through a membrane from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure Hydraulic pressure A combination of pressures from the force of gravity on the fluid and the pumping action of the heart Needed to move fluid out of capillaries into tissues and filter plasma through the kidneys

18 18Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Transport Processes Osmosis Movement across a membrane from a less concentrated to a more concentrated solution Involves movement of water only; sometimes force of movement across membrane carries solutes along If a fluid compartment has less water and more sodium, water from another compartment moves to the more concentrated compartment by osmosis to create a better fluid balance

19 19Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Osmolality Concentration of solution determined by number of dissolved particles per kg water Controls water movement and distribution by regulating the concentration of fluid in each body fluid compartment The osmolality of intracellular fluid and extracellular fluid tends to equalize because of the constant shifting of water

20 20Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Regulatory Mechanisms

21 21Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Kidneys Main regulators of fluid balance Control extracellular fluid by adjusting the concentration of specific electrolytes, osmolality of body fluids, the volume of extracellular fluid, blood volume, and pH The nephron is the functioning unit of the kidney Glomerulus is the filtering portion of the nephron, and the tubule is responsible for secretion and reabsorption Nephrons conduct work of the kidney through filtration, reabsorption, and secretion

22 22Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Kidneys Filtration Blood plasma entering the kidney via the renal artery is delivered to the glomerulus About 20% of plasma filtered into glomerular capsule Most remaining plasma leaves kidney through the renal vein Filtrate then moves through the tubules, where it is transformed into urine by tubular reabsorption and secretion

23 23Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Kidneys Tubular reabsorption A process by which most of the glomerular filtrate is returned to the circulation Water and selected solutes move from the tubules into the capillaries Waste products remain in tubules for excretion, whereas most water and sodium is reabsorbed into the bloodstream Adjusts volume and composition of the filtrate; prevents excessive fluid loss through kidneys

24 24Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Kidneys Tubular secretion The last phase in the work of the kidneys The filtrate is transformed into urine Various substancesdrugs, hydrogen ions, potassium ions, creatinine, and histaminepass from the blood into the tubules Process eliminates some excess substances to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance, as well as metabolic waste products

25 25Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Hormones Renin Hormone secreted when blood volume or blood pressure falls Causes the release of aldosterone with subsequent sodium and water retention Aldosterone Acts on kidney tubules to increase reabsorption of sodium and decrease reabsorption of potassium Because the retention of sodium causes water retention, aldosterone acts as a volume regulator

26 26Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Hormones Antidiuretic hormone (ADH) Causes capillaries to reabsorb more water, so urine is more concentrated and less volume is excreted Atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) Hormone released by the atria in response to stretching of the atria by increased blood volume Stimulates excretion of sodium and water by the kidneys, decreased synthesis of renin, decreased release of aldosterone, and vasodilation Reduces blood volume and lowers blood pressure

27 27Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Thirst Regulates fluid intake Increased plasma osmolality stimulates osmoreceptors in the hypothalamus to trigger the sensation of thirst More sodium and less water in the body make a person thirsty Additional fluids consumed; kidneys conserve water until osmolality returns to normal

28 28Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Figure 14-1

29 29Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Fluid Gains and Losses In healthy adult, 24-hour fluid I&O approximately equal Fluids gained by drinking and eating and lost through the kidneys, skin, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract The usual adult urine volume is between 1 and 2 L/day, or 1 ml/kg of body weight per hour In kidneys, water loss varies largely with the amount of solute excreted and with the level of antidiuretic hormone

30 30Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Fluid Gains and Losses Losses through the skin occur by sweating Water loss through the lungs by evaporation at 300 to 400 ml/day In the gastrointestinal tract, the usual loss of fluid is about 100 to 200 ml/day

31 31Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Age-Related Changes Affecting Fluid Balance Aging kidney slower to adjust to changes in acid-base, fluid, and electrolyte balances Older adult often has a reduced sense of thirst and therefore may be in a state of chronic dehydration Total body water declines with age; greatest loss from the intracellular fluid compartment

32 32Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Age-Related Changes Affecting Fluid Balance Older person has limited reserves to maintain fluid balance when abnormal losses occur Antihypertensives, diuretics, and antacids can also contribute to imbalances Unless contraindicated, fluid requirements for older adults, based on ideal body weight, are 30 ml/kg for ages 55 to 65 and 25 ml/kg 65 years and older

33 33Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Assessment of Fluid and Electrolyte Balance Health history Determines if patient has conditions that contribute to fluid or electrolyte imbalances Vomiting, diarrhea, kidney diseases, diabetes, salicylate poisoning, burns, congestive heart failure, cerebral injuries, ulcerative colitis, and hormonal imbalances; the intake of drugs, such as diuretics and cathartics; and medical interventions, such as gastric suctioning Complaints of fatigue, palpitations, dizziness, edema, muscle weakness or cramps, dyspnea, and confusion may be associated with fluid imbalances

34 34Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Assessment of Fluid and Electrolyte Balance Vital signs Pulse, respiration, temperature, and blood pressure can indicate changes in fluid and electrolyte balance. Temperature variations can be associated with fluid volume excess or deficit. Pulse rate and quality may change in response to blood volume alterations; electrolyte changes can affect heart rate and rhythm. Blood pressure is directly related to blood volume. Respirations are minimally affected by electrolyte changes.

35 35Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Assessment of Fluid and Electrolyte Balance Intake and output Accurate records are essential to determine whether the patients intake is equal to output All fluids entering or leaving the body should be noted A changing urine output may reflect attempts by the kidneys to maintain or restore balance, or it may reflect a problem that causes fluid disturbances Urine characteristics also give clues to fluid balance Clear, pale urine in a healthy person suggests the excretion of excess water, whereas darker, concentrated urine indicates the kidneys are retaining water

36 36Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Assessment of Fluid and Electrolyte Balance Skin Characteristics Moisture, turgor, and temperature reflect fluid balance. Dry, flushed skindehydration. Pale, cool, clammy skin severe fluid volume deficit that occurs with shock. Moist, edematous tissue seen with excess fluid volume Facial characteristics Severely dehydrated patient has a pinched, drawn facial expression. Soft eyeballs and sunken eyes indicate severely deficient fluid volume. Puffy eyelids and fuller cheeks suggest excess fluid volume

37 37Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Assessment of Fluid and Electrolyte Balance Skin turgor Measured by pinching the skin over the sternum, the inner aspects of the thighs, or the forehead In patients who are dehydrated, skin flattens more slowly after the pinch is released Edema Reflects water and sodium retention, which can result from excessive reabsorption or inadequate secretion of sodium, as may occur with kidney failure Pitting depression remains in the tissue after pressure is applied with a fingertip

38 38Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Assessment of Fluid and Electrolyte Balance Mucous membranes Tongue turgor In well person, tongue has one longitudinal furrow. Fluid volume deficit causes additional longitudinal furrows, and the tongue is smaller. Sodium excess causes the tongue to appear red and swollen. Moisture of the oral cavity A dry mouth may be the result of deficient fluid volume or mouth breathing. Veins Appearance of the jugular veins in the neck and the veins in the hands can suggest either a fluid volume deficit or excess.

39 39Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Diagnostic Tests and Procedures Urine studies Urine pH Determines if kidneys are responding appropriately to metabolic acid-base imbalances Urine specific gravity A measure of urine concentration A good indicator of fluid balance Osmolality Measures the number of dissolved particles in a solution Provides more precise measurement of kidneys ability to concentrate urine

40 40Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Diagnostic Tests and Procedures Urine creatinine clearance tests Detect glomerular damage in the kidney A 24-hour specimen is required Urine sodium Sodium intake and fluid volume status Urine potassium A measure of renal tubular function

41 41Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Diagnostic Tests and Procedures Blood studies Serum hematocrit Percentage of blood volume composed of red blood cells Serum creatinine A metabolic waste product Indicator of renal function Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) A measure of renal function

42 42Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Diagnostic Tests and Procedures Serum albumin A plasma protein that helps maintain blood volume by creating colloid osmotic pressure Serum electrolytes Sodium, potassium, chloride, and calcium

43 43Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Fluid Imbalances Deficient fluid volume Less water than normal in the body Isotonic extracellular fluid deficit Hypovolemia Hypertonic extracellular fluid deficit Dehydration Decreased intake, abnormal fluid losses, or both Examples: loss of water from excessive bleeding, severe vomiting/diarrhea, severe burns

44 44Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Fluid Imbalances Excess fluid volume An increase in body water Extracellular fluid excess Isotonic fluid excess Intracellular water excess Hypotonic fluid excess From renal or cardiac failure with retention of fluid, increased production of antidiuretic hormone or aldosterone, overload with isotonic IV fluids, or administration of dextrose 5% in water (D 5 W) after surgery or trauma

45 45Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Electrolyte Imbalances

46 46Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Hyponatremia Lower than normal sodium in the blood serum Can be actual deficiency of sodium or increase in body water that dilutes the sodium excessively Assessment Symptoms: headache, muscle weakness, fatigue, apathy, confusion, abdominal cramps, and orthostatic hypotension Take blood pressures with the patient lying or sitting and then standing to determine if a significant drop

47 47Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Hyponatremia Medical treatment The usual treatment is restriction of fluids while the kidneys excrete excess water Diuretic: furosemide (Lasix) Sodium replacement therapy Nursing care Administer prescribed medications and IV fluids Measure fluid intake and output and assess mental status

48 48Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Hypernatremia Higher than normal concentration of sodium in the blood Very serious imbalance; can lead to death if not corrected Occurs when excessive loss of water or excessive retention of sodium Signs and symptoms Thirst, flushed skin, dry mucous membranes, low urine output, restlessness, increased heart rate, convulsions, and postural hypotension

49 49Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Hypernatremia Medical treatment Oral or IV replacement of water to restore balance A low-sodium diet often prescribed Nursing care Encourage patients with hypernatremia to drink water Closely monitor the infusion of IV fluids Teach patient to track daily I&O and to recognize the signs and symptoms of fluid retention or depletion

50 50Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Hypokalemia Low serum potassium May result in gastrointestinal, renal, cardiovascular, and neurologic disturbances Can cause abnormal, potentially fatal, heart rhythm Signs and symptoms Anorexia, abdominal distention, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, weakness, dysrhythmias (abnormal cardiac rhythms), postural hypotension, dyspnea, shallow respirations, confusion, depression, polyuria (excessive urination), and nocturia

51 51Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Hypokalemia Medical treatment Potassium replacement by the IV or oral route Nursing care Monitoring at-risk patients for decreased bowel sounds, a weak and irregular pulse, decreased reflexes, and decreased muscle tone Cardiac monitors may be used to detect dysrhythmias Administer oral or IV potassium Urine output should be no less than 30 ml/hr

52 52Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Hyperkalemia High serum potassium Patients at risk: decreased renal function, in metabolic acidosis, taking potassium supplements A serious imbalance because of the potential for life-threatening dysrhythmias Signs and symptoms Explosive diarrhea and vomiting; muscle cramps and weakness, paresthesia, irritability, anxiety, abdominal cramps, and decreased urine output

53 53Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Hyperkalemia Medical treatment Correct the underlying cause Restrict potassium intake Polystyrene sulfonate (Kayexalate) Intravenous calcium gluconate Nursing care Patients with low urine output or those taking potassium-sparing diuretics must be monitored carefully for signs and symptoms Carefully monitor flow rate of IV fluids, which should not exceed 10 mEq/hr through peripheral veins Screen the results of laboratory studies

54 54Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Chloride Imbalance Usually bound to other electrolytes; therefore, chloride imbalances accompany other electrolyte imbalances Hyperchloremia Usually associated with metabolic acidosis Hypochloremia Usually occurs when sodium is lost because chloride most frequently bound with sodium

55 55Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Calcium Imbalance Regulated by the parathyroid glands Hypocalcemia results from diarrhea, inadequate dietary intake of calcium or vitamin D, and multiple blood transfusions (banked blood contains citrates that bind to calcium), in addition to some diseases, including hypoparathyroidism Hypercalcemia results from a high calcium or vitamin D intake, hyperparathyroidism, and immobility that causes stores of calcium in the bones to enter the bloodstream

56 56Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Magnesium Imbalance Hypomagnesemia: decreased gastrointestinal absorption or excessive gastrointestinal loss, usually from vomiting and diarrhea, or increased urinary loss Hypermagnesemia occurs most often with excessive use of magnesium-containing medications or intravenous solutions in patients with renal failure or preeclampsia of pregnancy

57 57Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Acid-Base Disturbances

58 58Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Respiratory Acidosis Respiratory system fails to eliminate the appropriate amount of carbon dioxide to maintain the normal acid-base balance Caused by pneumonia, drug overdose, head injury, chest wall injury, obesity, asphyxiation, drowning, or acute respiratory failure Medical treatment Improve ventilation, which restores partial pressure of carbon dioxide in arterial blood (Paco 2 ) to normal

59 59Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Respiratory Acidosis Nursing care Assess Paco 2 levels in the arterial blood Observe for signs of respiratory distress: restlessness, anxiety, confusion, tachycardia Intervention Encourage fluid intake Position patients with head elevated 30 degrees

60 60Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Respiratory Alkalosis Low Paco 2 with a resultant rise in pH Most common cause of respiratory alkalosis is hyperventilation Medical treatment Major goal of therapy: treat underlying cause of condition; sedation may be ordered for the anxious patient

61 61Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Respiratory Alkalosis Nursing care Intervention In addition to giving sedatives as ordered, reassure the patient to relieve anxiety Encourage patient to breathe slowly, which will retain carbon dioxide in the body

62 62Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Metabolic Acidosis Body retains too many hydrogen ions or loses too many bicarbonate ions; with too much acid and too little base, blood pH falls Causes are starvation, dehydration, diarrhea, shock, renal failure, and diabetic ketoacidosis Signs and symptoms: changing levels of consciousness, headache, vomiting and diarrhea, anorexia, muscle weakness, cardiac dysrhythmias Medical treatment: treat the underlying disorder

63 63Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Metabolic Acidosis Nursing care Assessment of the patient in metabolic acidosis should focus on vital signs, mental status, and neurologic status Emergency measures to restore acid-base balance. Administer drugs and intravenous fluids as prescribed. Reassure and orient confused patients

64 64Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Metabolic Alkalosis Increase in bicarbonate levels or a loss of hydrogen ions Loss of hydrogen ions may be from prolonged nasogastric suctioning, excessive vomiting, diuretics, and electrolyte disturbances Signs and symptoms: headache; irritability; lethargy; changes in level of consciousness; confusion; changes in heart rate; slow, shallow respirations with periods of apnea; nausea and vomiting; hyperactive reflexes; and numbness of the extremities

65 65Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Metabolic Alkalosis Medical treatment Depends on the underlying cause and severity of the condition

66 66Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Metabolic Alkalosis Nursing care Assessment Take vital signs and daily weight; monitor heart rate, respirations, and fluid gains and losses Keep accurate intake and output records, including the amount of fluid removed by suction Assess motor function and sensation in the extremities; monitor laboratory values, especially pH and serum bicarbonate levels

67 67Elsevier items and derived items © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Metabolic Alkalosis Intervention To prevent metabolic alkalosis, use isotonic saline solutions rather than water for irrigating nasogastric tubes because the use of water for irrigation can result in a loss of electrolytes Provide reassurance and comfort measures to promote safety and well-being


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