A 19-year-old male has been experiencing vomiting and diarrhea for 3 days due to food poisoning. The nurse expects a urine specific gravity of

  • 0.850.
  • 1.005.
  • 1.020.
  • 1.041.
Number 4 is correct.
Normal urine specific gravity values fall between 1.000 and 1.030. An increased value over 1.035 indicates dehydration, which may be seen in a client who has been experiencing pronounced vomiting and diarrhea.