Lab Values and Explanations
This is an in-depth, well-organized chart of all pertinent lab values. The chart is categorized into topics (such as CBC, LFT’s, Renal functions, Cardiac Enzymes, BMP etc.) The first column of the chart lists the value being presented; the second column lists the ‘normal range’ per each value, and the third column lists the abnormal (high and low) range for the value. Potential reasons for high or low values are then included for each abnormal (high or low) lab value.
Below the table, is a ‘reference section’, with detail in regards to what each value means.
• “New infection”
• First line of Defense
• Destroys antigen-antibody complexes.
• Involved in allergic reactions.
• Also effective against parasitic worms.
Descriptions are easy to read, to the point and offer the main focus of the topic. For the electrolyte portion, signs and symptoms a patient may exhibit when a particular lyte (such as K ) is too high, or too low, will be identified. Additionally, I have included a separate page for each electrolyte describing the Main function, Reasons for abnormal levels and Drugs that may increase or decrease a level.
This is an AMAZING reference document, and was a great study tool for the NCLEX.