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Laboratory Tests In The Intensive Care Unit

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 2.5 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 2491 reviews

Course Summary

When patients are brought to the intensive care unit, extensive laboratory testing is often considered necessary in order to diagnose and treat critical conditions. However, laboratory tests are not without risk. Results can be misleading, and the testing itself can be harmful, such as potentially causing iatrogenic anemia. Medical professionals need to take a sensible approach to laboratory testing for patients in the intensive care unit, focusing on the benefits and risks of each test and being mindful of the probability of disease.

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Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.           Overview Of Laboratory Testing For Critically Ill Patients

III.         Fluid And Electrolyte Balance In The ICU

IV.          Patients With Arrythmia And Laboratory Testing

1.   Potassium

2.   Sodium

3.   Magnesium

4.   Calcium

V.            Nutrition And Laboratory Blood Values

1.   Enteral Nutrition

2.   Parenteral Nutrition

3.   Adjunctive Therapy

4.   Pulmonary Failure

5.   Renal Failure

6.   Hepatic Failure

7.   Acute Pancreatitis

8.   Nutrition Therapy In End-Of-Life

VI.          Total Parenteral Nutrition

1.   Energy Estimation

2.   Liver Function Tests

3.   Coagulation Studies

4.   Glucose Monitoring

5.   Other Tests

VII.       Summary


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