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The client is receiving 5% dextrose in 0.45% normal saline. The physician has ordered the client receive one unit of packed cells. Prior to hanging the blood, the nurse will prime the blood tubing with which of the following solutions?

1. 5% dextrose
2. Lactated Ringer's
3. 0.9% sodium chloride
4. 5% dextrose in 0.45% sodium chloride

Explanation

0.9% sodium chloride (normal saline) is the only solution that can be administered with blood or blood products. Other solutions may cause the blood cells to clump or cause clotting. The other options are incorrect. The core issue of the question is the knowledge that only normal saline is compatible with any blood product. Use this knowledge and the process of elimination to make a selection.

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Andrew
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