Hemoglobin Testing, Bedside

Hemoglobin Testing, Bedside

Monitoring hemoglobin levels at the patient’s bedside provides fast, accurate results that allow for immediate intervention, if necessary. In contrast, traditional monitoring methods take longer because they require sending blood samples to the laboratory for interpretation.

Several testing systems are available for bedside monitoring. Such systems are also convenient for the patient to use at home.

Normal hemoglobin values range from 12.5 to 15 g/dL. A below-normal hemoglobin value may indicate anemia, recent hemorrhage, or fluid retention, causing hemodilution. An elevated hemoglobin value suggests hemoconcentration from polycythemia or dehydration.

Preparation of Equipment

Turn on the photometer. If it hasn’t been used recently, insert the control cuvette to make sure that the photometer is working properly.

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Hemoglobin Testing, Bedside

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