Interpreting blood lab value can seem confusing as nursing students and graduate nurses are often not entirely familiar with normal ranges and what abnormal blood values represent in the context of the patient’s health status.
Understanding blood values is particularly important for the ED nurse, as patients are often acutely unwell and require early intervention.
This means nurses need to be able to critically think and correlate any abnormal findings in a patient’s clinical presentation so that the correct course of action can be taken.
Within this module are resources that will assist you to gain knowledge and skills to interpret blood values.
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Diagnostic lab tests help determine a patient’s condition, therefore it is important for nurses to be knowledgeable about the different tests and their values in order to make informed clinical decisions. We’re going to look at some common lab values that every nurse needs to be familiar with.
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Must Know Laboratory Values for Nurses
When it comes to NCLEX, some things need to be memorized. And the laboratory values for nurses are certainly among them.
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To Help You Dominate Your Labs
ED triage attendances and waiting time (daily)
Number of ED triage attendances and median waiting time.
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