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The nurse would report to the physician which of the following abnormal laboratory values for a 58-year-old client newly admitted to the nursing unit with fever and diarrhea? Select all that apply.

1. White blood cell count 12,260/mm3
2. Sodium 142 mEq/L
3. Potassium 3.9 mEq/L
4. Blood urea nitrogen 38 mg/dL
5. Serum creatinine 0.9 mg/dL


The white blood cell count is elevated (normal 5,000-10,000/mm3), as is the BUN (0.8-22 mg/dL). These changes would be expected with infection (noted by fever) and possibly accompanying dehydration from diarrhea. The sodium (135-145 mEq/L), potassium (3.5-5.1 mEq/L), and serum creatinine (0.8-1.6 mg/dL) are all within normal limits. The core issue of the question is the ability to discriminate between normal and abnormal laboratory values. Note the critical symptoms fever and diarrhea, which could lead you to select elevated white count for infection and elevated BUN with fluid loss from diarrhea.


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