Medical Surgical Magnesium Mg+ #3

Question

The nurse prepares a teaching plan for a client with low magnesium levels. Which foods should the nurse include as high sources of magnesium?

Answers

  1. Butter or cheese
    • Rationale:

      This answer is not correct because foods like butter or cheese are not magnesium-rich; therefore, the nurse does not include these choices in the teaching session.

  2. Spinach or butter beans
    • Rationale:

      This answer is correct because spinach and butter beans are examples of foods that are magnesium-rich; therefore, the nurse includes these choices in the teaching session for the client who experiences a magnesium deficiency.

  3. Boiled macaroni or white rice
    • Rationale:

      This answer is not correct because boiled macaroni or white rice are not magnesium-rich; therefore, the nurse does not include these choices in the teaching session.

  4. Grilled chicken sandwich or grilled lamb sandwich
    • Rationale:

      This answer is not correct because grilled chicken or grilled lamb sandwiches are not magnesium-rich; therefore, the nurse does not include these choices in the teaching session.

Overview

Magnesium deficiency (i.e., hypomagnesemia) is a condition in which the amount of magnesium in the blood is lower than normal. The normal range for serum magnesium is 1.7 to 2.2 mg/dL.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

The normal range for serum magnesium is 1.7 to 2.2 mg/dL. For clients who experience hypomagnesemia, resolution is often obtained by increasing dietary intake of foods that are rich in magnesium. Magnesium-rich foods would include green vegetables (e.g., spinach) and beans (e.g., butter beans), as well as bananas, nuts, and oranges.

Test Taking Tip

Consider foods that are rich in magnesium to answer this question correctly.

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