I have been working on a medical oncology/palliative unit for the past 8 months, I had been working in extended care before that. I am finding that I am not comfortable with the amount of knowlege I have about routine bloodwork. I am wondering if anyone knows of a pocket reference or somewhere online that I could go to to quickly brush up on what some of the things that can be picked up by lab values that are out of wack.
Our lab prints up what the normal values are and what the patient's actual values are but lots of times I don't know what it means when something is too high or too low and when I need to worry and when I can just keep monitoring the patient. I don't really have time at work to go through the lab book every day for every test on every patient and I rarely see anyone with perfect lab values. I also don't want to be calling the doctor about stuff that really doesn't matter, but I also don't want to miss something that I should have caught.
If anyone has any ideas to remember the basics I would love to hear them