M.R. is a patient who was in a major motor vehicle accident 48 hours ago that resulted in a significant head injury. The patient was recovering without complications until he began to have increased urinary elimination. The urine output over the past 12 hours has been 3000 mL. A urinalysis is performed, and the results include a specific gravity of 1.001. Symptoms of dehydration are present, and the patient complains of being “so thirsty”. The patient is diagnosed w
The patient’s family comes to visit. One of the family members asks the nurse “Will he need insulin now?” How will the nurse respond?
What pharmacologic treatment does the nurse expect to be used?
What common adverse affects of vasopressin should the nurse observe for?
ith diabetes insipidus.