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.
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Features| October 01 2012
Beyond the Bloody Mess: Hematologic Assessment
Carol A. Rauen, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN, CEN
Carol A. Rauen is an independent clinical nurse specialist and education consultant, Outer Banks of North Carolina, and a staff nurse in the emergency department, Outer Banks Hospital, Nags Head, North Carolina.
Corresponding author: Carol A. Rauen, rn, ms, ccns, ccrn, pccn, 104 Queen Mary Ct, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27949 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Crit Care Nurse (2012) 32 (5): 42–47.
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Carol A. Rauen; Beyond the Bloody Mess: Hematologic Assessment. Crit Care Nurse 1 October 2012; 32 (5): 42–47. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2012596
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