Platelets: In a Nutshell (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes

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    00:01 So let's wrap this video up.

    00:03 A platelet count that is abnormal is often a sign of an underlying medical condition or a side effect from a medication.

    00:10 Point is, you're going to have to do some more investigating with the healthcare team to find out what's causing this abnormal platelet count.

    00:18 Thrombocytopenia is a platelet count that's lower than normal, or thrombocytosis is a platelet count that's higher than normal.

    00:26 Platelets work with the coagulation cascade to form a platelet plug.

    00:30 And we're really glad that they do, otherwise, we would just ooze all over the place.

    00:36 Primary thrombocytosis can cause very serious bleeding or clotting complications, but remember, it's less common than secondary thrombocytosis.

    00:46 And thrombocytopenia will prevent the patient from clotting normally, and will increase the risk for bleeding.

    00:52 So handle them with extra care and educate them very clearly.

    00:57 Thank you for watching our video today.

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    The lecture Platelets: In a Nutshell (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes is from the course Complete Blood Count (CBC) (Nursing).

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    1. Unexpected bleeding or clotting
    2. Decreased oxygen-carrying capacity
    3. Secondary infections and inflammation
    4. Inability to build immunity

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     Rhonda Lawes

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