Renal Question #12


A client on the rehabilitation unit goes for hemodialysis for four hours. Upon return from dialysis, the nurse assesses the client’s vital signs. The temperature is 100.3°. Which statement best reflects interpretation of the temperature following dialysis?


  1. The nurse should notify the health provider to rule out infection.
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  2. The nurse will call the laboratory for white blood cell count and differential.
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  3. Continue to monitor since rise in temperature is normal after dialysis.
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  4. The nurse will call the laboratory for blood cultures from three separate sites.
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During dialysis, the blood is warmed slightly and the client may exhibit a slight temperature rise from their baseline. The nurse should continue to monitor the temperature. It is not necessary to contact the health care provider or call for special laboratory testing. There is no need for blood cultures at this time.

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