The nurse is caring for a client with a diagnosis of fluid overload caused by congestive heart failure. Which findings would the nurse expect to find when reviewing client labs?

Select all that apply.
  • decreased BUN
  • increased hematocrit
  • increased sodium levels
  • decreased sodium levels
  • increased serum osmolality
Numbers 1 and 4 are correct.
In fluid overload, BUN and sodium levels would be decreased due to hemodilution. Hematocrit and serum osmolality would also be decreased due to extra fluid volume.