From Cryptic to Critical: Commonly Misunderstood Labs Made Super Simple

Author(s): Jacobson Daniel W.

Contact Hours 1.13

CERP A 1.13

Expires Dec 31, 2023

Topics: Hematology/Oncology, Medication Management

Population: Pediatric

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This session offers an advanced review of pediatric lab interpretation as it relates to the comprehensive metabolic panel and complete blood count with differential. Electrolyte abnormalities are examined with a focus on clinical manifestations and etiologies. Patterns of concern in leukocyte counts and acute phase reactants are discussed with thorough consideration of infectious, hematologic and inflammatory processes. Multiple interactive case studies are explored throughout the session.


  • Identify potential disorders associated with elevated lactate levels and differentiate between Type A & Type B lactic acidosis.
  • Compare and contrast the utility of C-reactive protein, erythrocyte sedimentation rate and procalcitonin as bio-markers influenced by inflammation and infectious disease.
  • Describe the normal parameters for mean cell volume and explain its association with common pediatric anemias.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.13 contact hours.

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