NCLEX Lab Values 2018


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Important lab values to know for the NCLEX

CBC

  • Hemoglobin (Hgb)
    • Normal range: 13-17
    • Anemia: Hgb<7
  • White blood cell (WBC)
    • Normal range: 4-10
    • Neutropenia: WBC<1
    • Infection: WBC>10
  • Platelets (Plt). Caution with blood thinners.
    • Normal range: 150-450k
    • Thrombocytopenia: Plt<150k

BMP

  • Sodium (Na)
    • Normal range: 135-145
    • Hyponatremia: Na<135
    • Hypernatremia: Na>145
  • Potassium (K). Caution with diuretics.
    • Normal range: 3.5-5
    • Hypokalemia: K<3.5
    • Hyperkalemia: K>5
  • Glucose. Caution with diabetics, insulin administration.
    • Normal range: ~70-130
    • Hypoglycemia: <70
    • Hyperkalemia: >140

ABGs

  • pH: 7.35-7.45
  • pCO2: 35-45 mmHg
  • HCO3: 22-28 mEq/L