Online Education | Med-Surg | Fluid, Electrolytes & Acid/Base Balance

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Fluid, Electrolytes and Acid/Base Balance

How well do you understand the ups and downs of fluids and electrolytes? This module will give you a handle on the physiologic principles of fluid and electrolyte balance, and clue you in to key nursing considerations in discovering and correcting imbalances.


Christine Henshaw, EdD, RN-BC
Professional Development Specialist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle

Comments from Past Participants

"It was great to review the physiology of the effects on electrolytes and the impact of the IV fluids we are always giving patients. And I loved the method taught on how to identify and read ABGs. The lecturer's method is way easier to comprehend than how I was taught in nursing school."

"Reinforcing ABG analysis is always necessary as it is incredibly easy to make a simple mistake. I also appreciated learning signs of electrolyte imbalance that we don't typically look for in everyday practice, but should, such as Chvostek's sign."


Objectives for Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:

  1. Describe the physiology of fluid and electrolyte balance.
  2. Plan care for patients with common fluid and electrolyte imbalances.
  3. Correctly interpret ABG results and plan care for patients with acid-base imbalance.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 2.25 Contact hours

Available Credit

  • 2.25 Contact hours


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