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When people are ill, _____________ can occur which can lead to life threatening conditions
fluid and electrolyte inbalances
What causes protein deficiency?
-inadequate protein intake
-protein losses (caused by certain kidney diseases)
-decreased protein synthesis (liver failure)
What would a nurse expect to assess in a pt. with protein deficiency?
-suppressed immune system
-delayed wound healing
Interventions for PROTEIN DEFICIENCY:
-diet high in CHO (want to give for body to burn and turn into energy, otherwise it will burn up the protein stores which are already low!)
-diet high in protein
-tube feeding or IV with amino acids
Fluid shifts: PLASMA to INTERSTITIAL
fluid moves from inside vessels to tissues/interstitial space
What causes fluid to move from plasma to interstitial space?
-increased capillary hydrostatic pressure
-decreases plasma protein
-increased capillary permeability
Manifestations of fluid shift from plasma to interstitial space:
-Edema (pitting, dependent, weeping, anasarca, other) due to the fluid being pushed out into interstitial space
-decreased blood volume
-urine output is concentrated
What is dependent edema?
controlled by gravity (i.e. when a person stands up and they get edema in their feet/ankles)
What is weeping edema?
When the fluid leaks through the skin, usually happens when a person has anasarca edema....
Plasma to interstitial shift: INTERVENTIONS-
-If shock occurs (initially an increase in HR and decrease in BP), it's an emergency
-Must replace fluid and electrolytes CAUTIOUSLY (moniter closely so they don't shift the other way!)
Now let's look at the opposite scenario: Fluid shift from interstitial to plasma-- CAUSES:
-decrease in capillary hydrostatic pressure
-increase in colloidal osmotic pressure
-re-mobilization of fluid following burns or trauma
Re-mobilization of fluid following burn or trauma:
When a person is burned, that capillary is destroyed which leads to edema, then we give IV fluids to maintain BP and hydration. When capillaries heal, fluid in vascular dept is double--- think of a burn blister: after a couple days the fluid goes away back into the vessels.
Manifestations of fluid shift from interstitial to plasma:
-HR normal range, but BOUNDING pulse
-increase in BP
-increase in urine output
Interventions for fluid shift from interstitial to plasma
-If healthy heart and kidney, fluid is excreted naturally (via kidney)
-complications arise if the heart and kidney cannot handle the fluid load
If you think a pt. has a fluid overload problem, what will you assess first?
the LUNGS. an increase in hydrostatic pressure causes the fluid to go out. the first place it goes is into the lungs! if a pt. has peripheral edema, they will likely have fluid in their lungs too.
-"number of dissolved particles per unit of water"
- determines the movement of fluid inside or outside of cells based on concentration
When the amount of water decreases in relation to the # of particles, the osmolarity _________ and becomes more ____________.
When the amount of water decreases in relation to the # of particles, the osmolarity increases, and becomes more concentrated.
When the amount of water increases, relative to the solutes, the osmolarity __________, and becomes more _______________.
When the amount of water increases, relative to the solutes, the osmolarity decreases, and becomes more diluted.-
-Too many particles, too little water
-Results in cell shrinking-- pt. becomes dehydrated
What manifestations would you expect to find in a pt. with hyperosmolarity?
-HR increases (after a while)
-BP decreases (after a while)
-too little particles or too much water
-results in cellular swelling
What causes hypo-osmolarity?
-replacing H2O and Na+ losses with only water (this is why athletes should drink gatorade, instead of water to replenish the stuff they sweat out)
-inability to excrete urine (CRF, renal failure)
Manifestations of hypo-osmolarity:
-cells burst which would lead to edema
-Kidneys increase output to try to get rid of fluid
Interventions for hypo-osmolarity:
-replace loss with Na+ and H2O (isotonic)
Utilize oral liquids with electrolyes
-When Na+ and H2O increase or decrease todether in the same proportion
-Cells do not shrink or swell
-Volume of ECF changes but the concentration of solutes remains the same
Isotonic deficit- What would the nurse assess?
(remember, this is when there is excess fluid loss- both water and electrolytes)
- an increase in HR
- a decrease in BP
- kidneys retaining fluid
How to treat an isotonic deficit:
- treat the underlying cause
- carefully administer isotonic solutions
What would the nurse assess in a pt. with possible isotonic excess?
-increase in BP
-assess LUNGS for fluid
-Trapped fluid which is essentially unavailable
-A distributional shift of fluid in a space that is not easily exchanged with the ECF (peritonitis)
-Often has to be drained out by physician
-i.e. some ascites
What would a nurse expect to assess in a pt. with possible hypernatremia?
Same as hyperosmolarity; dehydration
Interventions for hypernatremia:
-restrict sodium intake
-gradual lowering of sodium to prevent cerebral edema
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