Several other abnormal means of losing fluids and
electrolytes also exist. These abnormal ways are
the subtle ways of losing large volumes of fluids
and large numbers of electrolytes. One subtle
means of abnormal fluid loss is by gastric suction.
The Gomco Pump can be used to remove gastric
juices from a patient's stomach. Often, a nurse will
give the patient small amounts of water to relieve
thirst. When this occurs, the gastric fluid, the
water, and large numbers of electrolytes are
withdrawn from the stomach. Before long, the
patient has lost a tremendous number of
electrolytes. Bleeding also produces a loss of fluid
(plasma), blood cells, and other important
substances. Lastly, a person who is being treated
with a thiazide diuretic also loses fluids and
electrolytes (primarily potassium). In such cases,
potassium must be given to the patient in order to
prevent potassium deficiencies.
QUESTION: List five abnormal ways fluid can be
lost from the body.