So, the other day in clinical I had an elderly patient who had low sodium levels and low blood pressure. They gave the pt two bolus infusions of NaCl to help get his/her bp back up, and afterward my instructor asked me a few questions about the effects of giving boluses of NS NaCl to someone who already has low sodium levels. The instructor said that giving those boluses would dilute the sodium levels in the pt even further, causing his/her [Na+] ratios to drop. For some reason, I'm having a really hard time believing that. My reasoning:
1) NS NaCl concentrations are based on regular sodium levels. So, if you have a pt who has lower-than-normal sodium in his/her system, then the NS solutions are hypertonic to the pt's Na+ solutes, and that should cause there to be an increase in [Na+] ratio levels, right?
2) Also, even if the pt's Na+ levels were average, shouldn't the 0.9% NaCl solution not dilute the sodium in the pt's system?
I'm just having issues with this because to me it does not logically follow. What do you all say? Am I mistaken or is my instructor?