last week i had a patient with wound infection from laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy on her llq (post-op 17 days). her lab value was..(patient have htn and diabetes)
4500 - 11,000/Ál
we had to give rationale of each abnormal lab value,
for the h&h i put " patient is on antibiotic, which could cause ↓in hemoglobin count. also, patient have sob, which could also ↓ h&h."
my instructor made a big deal saying how come i didn't mention her h&h are low due to post-op. i didn't understand why.. (cuz its already post-op 17 days, it shouldn't be due to blood loss?)
she also asked me how long does it take for body to replenish h&h.
can anyone tell me where i can look up for causes for abnormal lab values? and why should h&h be low after post-op and how long does it take to get back to normal level?
oh.. another thing, why does diabetic have slow wound healing?
(first semester nursing student and feeling very lost.. =/)