Upon completion of this course,
you should be able to:
- List blood tests performed
as part of a CBC.
- Recognize the influence
of the patient's hydration status on accurate CBC results.
- State normal adult values
for CBC test results.
- Describe two physiologic
reasons and two pathological reasons for an increase in red blood cells.
- Describe four reasons
for a decrease in red blood cells.
- Identify panic values
for hematocrit, hemoglobin, white blood cells, and platelets.
- Recognize the purpose
of hemoglobin in red blood cells.
- Describe the calculation
relationship between hematocrit and hemoglobin.
- Describe the impact of
pregnancy on CBC results.
- Identify the purpose
of erythrocyte indices.
- Describe classifications
of anemias based on the results of erythrocyte indices.
- List five types of white
blood cells and state the function of each type of cell.
- State the implications
of a "shift to the left" on a white blood cell differential.
- Identify common patterns
of white blood cell increase or decrease in disease processes.
- Recognize the function
of platelets in normal coagulation.
- Formulate nursing diagnoses
and describe interventions for a patient with an elevated RBC count, a decreased
hematocrit, a decreased neutrophil count, and a decreased platelet count.
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