Lab value woes

  1. Hi! I lurk here often, but this is my first time posting. I'm currently in my second clinical and have a question regarding a lab value for one of my patients. She is a post c/section mom. One of her values states that her RDW is low. Does anyone know what RDW is and why it would be low? Thanks so much! :roll

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  3. by   kelligrl
    RDW is an indication of the variation in RBC size. RBC's are usually all approximately of the same size. Some type of anemia, maybe?
  4. by   babygal2000
    Thank you so much! You are a lifesaver!
  5. by   Rena RN 2003
    :chuckle red cell distribution width

    i have a great lab book.

    laboratory and diagnostic tests with nursing implications, sixth edition by joyce lefevere kee

    great reference book.
  6. by   canoehead
    Seems to me that if someone has had a big bleed the less mature RBC's can be sent out to help with O2 transport resulting in a smaller average width.
  7. by   nightingale
    I just love the way understanding the body makes such wonderful sense (with the proper reference material and resources to help with the explanation). Thanks for the explanation.

    Welcome babygirl... I hope you post often!
    Last edit by nightingale on Oct 3, '02