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Lab Values

Hey everyone!

Snow day is over and it’s back to the nurse-y posts. At least for a little while…

Anyways, this has saved my life in clinicals. My coassigned on the oncology floor showed it to me and I haven’t taken a second glance back since.
Apparently, this is the way MDs write lab values, which I had never seen/heard of before. It’s called different things including fish scales and a basic lab values worksheet. There may be other ways to write it, but this is how I learned it. I looked up some samples online and the consensus seems to be the same.
Hopefully this will be helpful to someone else down the road!

This is a chem 7 basic metabolic panel.

So you’ve got:
Sodium, Chloride, BUN
Potasium, Bicarb, Creatine
with Glucose.

And then for your CBC stuff:

White Blood Cells

I love it. And, as mentioned in the comments section on a previous post, I like to put the abnormals in red. It makes it real simple. Anything else I need to add (calcium occasionally…) I put on the side, but this usually keeps me covered.