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Canadian lab values vs. US lab values?

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lynswim specializes in OR, Education.

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Hi, all - 

I will be taking my nursing competence assessment in Halifax in a few days (I'm so old that my BSN program in the States didn't have good syllabi for my NNAS score) - and I'm getting confused on the different lab values between the US and Canada. I know that K+ and Na+ are similar - can anyone list some Canadian lab values that would be good to know for my assessment? Thanks!

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I recommend that you look at Canadian med surg books or google the Canadian Diabetes Association for exact blood sugar values. I learned the differences when I first started working (I didn't even know there was a difference until my orientation). Basic electrolytes are the same. Some CBC labs have different units as well (hemoglobin and WBC)
For our hospital, hypoglycemia as per protocol is for blood sugar under 4 mmol/L. Tip is you have to divide the American BG value by 18 to get the Canadian value.  (18mg/dL = 1 mmol/L )

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