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Interpretation of Lab Values in Acute Care Rehabilitation

presented by Ashley Poole, PT, DPT

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Financial: Ashley Poole receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Ashley Poole is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association's Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy, Academy of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy, and Academy of Education. She has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 44 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

Due to medical advances and emerging research, patients are living longer with more complex medical needs. As a result, clinicians are treating and mobilizing patients with increasingly complex needs in the acute care setting. It is important that clinicians possess a basic understanding of lab values and their reference ranges to determine an appropriate and safe plan of care for their patients. This course will guide clinicians in lab value interpretation to identify potential causes, patient presentations, and clinical implications for values outside the reference ranges, as well as safety considerations when mobilizing these patients. Information in this course could be applicable to any health profession that treats and mobilizes patients in the acute care setting, including physical therapy and occupational therapy.

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Ashley Poole, PT, DPT

Ashley Poole, PT, DPT, holds a full-time faculty appointment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy division at Duke University. She has more than 20 years of clinical practice experience and was awarded board certification as a cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2013. She teaches courses on…

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1. Lab Values: Foundational Concepts

This chapter will provide an overall understanding of the role of lab values in the acute care setting. It is important for a clinician in the hospital to have an awareness of the factors that affect lab values, including demographic considerations, when making clinical decisions.

2. Complete Blood Count (CBC) and Electrolytes

This chapter will examine the lab values that are included in a complete blood count and electrolyte panel. It is important for clinicians to identify reference ranges as well as clinical implications when patients are outside these reference ranges.

3. Kidney, Liver, and Endocrine Function

This chapter will cover lab values that assess kidney, liver, and endocrine function. It is important for clinicians to identify reference ranges as well as clinical implications when patients are outside these reference ranges.

4. Acid-Base Disorders

This chapter will familiarize the audience with arterial blood gas interpretation. A systematic approach to arterial blood gas analysis, including case examples, will be introduced to help clinicians identify specific acid-base disorders. It is important for a clinician to understand the significance of a patient’s acid-base status when making clinical decisions.

5. Lipid Panel, Cardiovascular Labs, and Coagulation Tests

This chapter will explore lab values that test cholesterol levels, cardiac function, and coagulation. It is important for clinicians to identify reference ranges as well as clinical implications when patients are outside these reference ranges. Guidelines for mobilizing patients with venous thromboembolism will also be discussed.

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