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Complete Blood Count (CBC) – Blood Tests for Cholecystitis (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes

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    00:01 So let's get started with lab work.

    00:03 I want to start with the CBC, one of my favorite lab tests because you can learn so much about your patient.

    00:10 But in particular we're going to be looking for the level of white blood cells.

    00:15 So I'm going to be assessing for an elevated white blood cell level or leukocytosis.

    00:21 So I'll look for any abnormal values, but if I'm looking at cholecystitis, I'm particularly interested in the white blood cell level.

    00:30 Now the normal range for white blood cells is 5 to 10.

    00:34 Now you notice we have 10 to the third.

    00:36 I want you to know when you're in the hospital.

    00:38 You may hear a nurse say their level is 5 but what they really mean is 5,000.

    00:44 You may hear him say it's 8, white blood cells are 8 and that really means 8,000.

    00:49 So that's how we speak it, but what you see on the screen is what you'll see in the results.


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    The lecture Complete Blood Count (CBC) – Blood Tests for Cholecystitis (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes is from the course Gallstones and Cholecystitis: Diagnosis (Nursing).


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