Technique/mmemonic to remember lab values

  1. Please, share what is your preferable way to memorize lab values.

    Since lab values are inconsistent between books, what lab values should I use? Is it neccessary to remember the unit of a lab value? For instance, for potasium, just remember 3.5 - 5.1 instead of 3.5 - 5.1 mEq/ L.
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  3. by   Daisy9739
    i agree that everybook has different lab values. for me, i'm remebering just the avg.'s. i've used this since the begining of classes and even at work, and i always get it right. [font='trebuchet ms']in my book normal labs are:
    [font='trebuchet ms'] k+ 3.5 – 5
    [font='trebuchet ms'] ca+ 4.5.- 5
    [font='trebuchet ms'] mg 1.5-2.5
    [font='trebuchet ms'] phos 1.8-2.6
    [font='trebuchet ms'] na+ 135-145
    [font='trebuchet ms'] cl 95-105
    [font='trebuchet ms'] crt .5-1.2
    [font='trebuchet ms'] bun 10-20
    [font='trebuchet ms'] ptt 60-70 or 1 ½ times higher if on heparin
    [font='trebuchet ms'] pt 11.0 - 12.5 or 2.o -3.5 times higher if on coumadin
    [font='trebuchet ms'] inr 2.0-3.5 for coumadin
    [font='trebuchet ms'] wbc 5-10
    [font='trebuchet ms'] rbc 5
    [font='trebuchet ms'] hct 40
    [font='trebuchet ms'] hgb 15
    [font='trebuchet ms'] ph 7.35-7.45 (40)
    [font='trebuchet ms'] co2 35-35
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    [font='trebuchet ms'][font='trebuchet ms']. for me i’m going to remember:
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    [font='trebuchet ms'] on vacation i -
    [color=#3366ff][font='trebuchet ms']ate 4 bananas with 5 glasses of milk, read 2 magazines about 2 fossils.
    [color=#3366ff][font='trebuchet ms']spent $140 on napkins and a $100 on clear heals.
    [color=#3366ff][font='trebuchet ms']did 15 bun exercises and drank 1 creatine shake .
    [color=#3366ff][font='trebuchet ms']met, 3 idiots , 11 pets and 65 hunks.
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    [font='trebuchet ms']ate 4 bananas [font='trebuchet ms'](k+ found in bananas) with 5 glasses of milk (ca+ found in milk), read 2 magazines (magnesium) about 2 fossils (phosphorus).
    [font='trebuchet ms']spent $140 on napkins ([font='trebuchet ms']na+)and a $100 on clear heals. (cl)
    [font='trebuchet ms']did 15 bun exercises and drank 1 creatine shake ([font='trebuchet ms']creatinine) .
    [font='trebuchet ms']met, 3 idiots (i for inr),
    [font='trebuchet ms']11[font='trebuchet ms'] pets [font='trebuchet ms']( p is for pt) and 65 hunks. (h is for heparin’s ptt).
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    [font='trebuchet ms']i don't have anything for wbc, rbc, hct, or hgb. for some reason , i just seem to remember those, i hope this helps you. it does for me.
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  4. by   z885
    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).


    it does help. thanks daisy.

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