Flashcards in Lab Values 1 Deck (21)
What is a reference range?
interval between and including lower and upper value limits for 95% of a selected population
Significance of a reference range
allows you to evaluate patient's results by looking at the range
What is the critical value?
- need for immediate medical interpretation
- usually set by the provider or facility
What should you do if a patient has the critical value for a lab?
- do not pass go!
- tell the doc!
What level of hemoglobin (Hgb) may be grounds for bedrest?
General acceptable range of Hg (men)
General acceptable range of Hg (women)
General acceptable ranges of oxygen levels: normal
If oxygen level is lower than 90%, what should you do?
proceed with caution
Low RBC count suggests:
What do we use to determine anemia?
Low hemoglobin can produce signs in these organs
low hemoglobin: brain
- signs of TIA/CVA
low hemoglobin: heart signs
- sudden or slow onset of CHF
low hemoglobin: kidneys
- low urine output
- increased creatinine and BUN
- potential fluid retention
s/s of hypoxia: If Hgb is less than 9 g/dL for these patients, they will need to be monitored closely
What is clindamycin often used for?
antibiotic used for skin and vaginal infections