I read an order the other day for a "Chem 7" and didn't know what it was. I don't remember learning about this in school. My coworker told me this is the same as a BMP or CMP (I can't remember which one it was). Is this true??
Jul 5, '06
Chem 7=BMP and Chem 20=CMP.
The old names haven't been used in quite a number of years. I was told in school that the names changed because of changes in Medicare billing/coding. For instance, it is necessary to have the appropriate diagnosis code to justify ordering CMPs every 12 hours when you should really just be ordering a K+ and a Mg.
Last edit by ICRN2008 on Jul 5, '06