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Beyond The Bloody Mess: Hematologic Assessment

Author(s): Carol A. Rauen, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN

Contact Hours: 1.00

CERP A: 1.00

Expires Oct 01, 2017

Topics: HematologyOncology

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Hematologic assessment is part of the routine assessment of acute and critically ill patients. Nurses must be aware of the reference ranges for complete blood cell counts and common coagulation profiles. A case study is presented of an elderly patient, taking warfarin for atrial fibrillation, who falls and sustains a head laceration. The subsequent assessment, hospital course, and treatments required are outlined.


  • Identify physiologic features of red blood cell production and factors that can affect their production
  • Recognize risk factors for thrombocytopenia
  • Differentiate conditions that contribute to abnormal reticulocyte counts

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