B.J. is 62-year-old male patient with a history of alcoholism….

Question Answered step-by-step B.J. is 62-year-old male patient with a history of alcoholism…. B.J. is 62-year-old male patient with a history of alcoholism. Presently, he has 3+ pitting edema from mid-calf to his toes bilaterally. B.J. had a protuberant abdomen filled with ascitic fluid with an abdominal girth as much as 60 inches. BJ’s respiratory status was compromised because the fluid was pushing up on his diaphragm and restricted room for his lungs to fully ventilate.  A paracentesis was performed, and abdomen is still distended with fluid, but girth is now only 45 inches, and his respiratory effort/ventilation improved.  Serous fluid seeps from the paracentesis site.  His liver function test result was markedly elevated, and his albumin is 2.0 g/dL; Na 134 mEq/L.  BP 120/80, HR – 100; RR 22; O2 sat 95% on room air, urine output averaging 35 mL/hr. Health Science Science Nursing NURS 1141 Share QuestionEmailCopy link Comments (0)