A cute way to remember some lab values.

  1. K+ 3.5 " 5
    Ca+ 4.5.- 5
    Mg 1.5-2.5
    Phos 1.8-2.6
    Na+ 135-145
    Cl 95-105
    Crt .5-1.2
    BUN 10-20
    PTT 60-70 or 1 ½ times higher if on Heparin
    PT 11.0 - 12.5 or 2.o -3.5 times higher if on coumadin
    INR 2.0-3.5 for coumadin
    WBC 5-10
    RBC 5
    HCT 40
    Hgb 15
    pH 7.35-7.45 (40)
    co2 35-35


    On vacation I -
    Ate 4 bananas with 5 glasses of milk, read 2 magazines about 2 fossils.
    Spent $140 on Napkins and a $100 on Clear heals.
    Did 15 BUN exercises and drank 1 Creatine shake .
    Met, 3 Idiots , 11 Pets and 65 Hunks.


    Ate 4 bananas (K+ found in bananas) with 5 glasses of milk (ca+ found in milk), read 2 magazines (magnesium) about 2 fossils (phosphorus).
    Spent $140 on Napkins (Na+)and a $100 on Clear heals. (Cl)
    Did 15 BUN exercises and drank 1 Creatine shake (Creatinine) .
    Met, 3 Idiots (I for INR),
    11 Pets ( P is for PT) and 65 Hunks. (H is for heparin’s PTT
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  2. 80 Comments

  3. by   LindseyLou2222
    lol
  4. by   SCmomof3
    cute!
  5. by   altonice
    I LOVED WHAT YOU HAVE DONE WITH THESE LAB VALUES. i'M JUST STARTING MY FIRST SEMESTER OF NURSING, AND THAT WOULD BE GREAT FOR ME!! THANKS!!
  6. by   DutchgirlRN
    I don't get it? Is it just me?
  7. by   RNin2007
    lol, no...it's not just you. I don't get it either....

    Can you clarify how the bananas (K+), etc. tie in with the actual lab values (#s)?

    ~J
  8. by   msdoraLVN
    Wow Thats Great. Lab Values Were Really Hard For Me
  9. by   Jerico
    I feel really stupid, because I don't get it either! :imbar
  10. by   Jerico
    By the time I memorize the words I could memorize the lab values!

    The lab values are on all lab sheet reports; the KEY is knowing WHY the lab values are up or down.
  11. by   MMARN
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    I don't get it? Is it just me?
    Nope. I'm just as lost.
  12. by   SCmomof3
    Looks like all the numbers are the middle values for each of the labs - ie 4 bananas for K+ (for the potassium in the bananas) refers to a level of 4 for K+ which is between 3.5-5. HTH
  13. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from Jerico
    By the time I memorize the words I could memorize the lab values!

    The lab values are on all lab sheet reports; the KEY is knowing WHY the lab values are up or down.
    Hey Jerico, don't feel dumb, most of us ain't gettin it either and I love your point. You put into words what I was thinking. The key is understanding the lab values. I have them all in my head from years of practice but if that post helps someone then I say yeah! but it's french to me!
  14. by   Jennifer CA
    Hyperstudent please come back and explain this to us!

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