Posted: October 17th, 2017
Because cervical effacement and dilation are not progressing in a patient in labor, the doctor orders I.V. administration of oxytocin (Pitocin). Why must the nurse monitor the patient’s fluid intake and output closely during oxytocin administration?
A. Oxytocin causes water intoxication
B. Oxytocin causes excessive thirst
C. Oxytocin is toxic to the kidneys
D. Oxytocin has a diuretic effect
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