A client’s lab results have just come in. The nurse reviews the electrolytes and contacts the health care provider regarding which result?

  1. chloride 167 mEq/L
  2. calcium 9.3 mg/dL
  3. phosphate 3.8 mg/dL
  4. sodium 141 mEq/L
Number 1 is correct.
Rationale: The normal electrolyte level of chloride is between 97 and 107 mEq/L. Hyperchloremia may be caused by kidney disease, diarrhea, and diuretic use. The other levels listed are within normal ranges.