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Fluid and Electrolyte Question


one of the practice question in health difference is:

sara, a six month old infant has not been wanting to drink and is becoming

dehydrated. what lab value would you expect to be indicative of this situation?

a. decreased hematocrit

b. decreased bilirubin

c. increased central venous pressure

d. decreased specific gravity

the answer says a.

but i don't get it. shouldn't it be increased hematocrit?

Unless I am mistaken HGB would go up, HCT would go down.


Specializes in homecare, rehab,sub acute.

I agree HCT would increase is this a EC practice exam ? Anyway Good luck on your exam .

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

Dry people become hemoconcentrated, so yeah ... I think it's a typo.