This is the situation on the work sheet
"After finishing her initial duties, Carol heard Dr. Greene saying, "It looks like the bullet missed the liver and kidney, but it may have severed an artery. That's probably why his BP is a bit low. Carol, grab a liter of saline and start a fast IV drip ... we need to increase his blood volume." Carol grabbed one of the fluid-filled bags from the nearby shelf, attached a 12-gauge IV needle to the plastic tubing, and gently slipped the needle into the patient's antecubital vein. She then hung the plastic bag on the IV stand and let the fluid quickly start to flow down the tubing and into the patient's vein." Basically the nurse accidentally gives the patient distilled water instead of saline and he dies. Before he dies, the patient's oxygen levels drop and his heart rate quickens.
The question that I am stuck on is this: If the nurse noticed the error as soon as the symptoms started, what might have been done to save her? The only answer I can think is to counteract the hypotonic solution with a HYPERtonic solution which would pull the excess water out of the cells. But then the problem with my answer is what would you then do to stop the hypertonic solution from causing the blood cells to shrivel up?
The other question: "Would drinking the distilled water have the same effect as giving it by IV? Explain your answer." My answer would be no because then the water would not be directly inserted into the blood system.
Can anyone help me please?