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Interpreting Laboratory Values in the Rehabilitation Setting

Authors

  • Jane Flanagan PhD APRN BC,

    Assistant Professor, Corresponding authorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Jane Flanagan, PhD APRN BC, is an assistant professor at Connell School of Nursing, Boston College.

  • Karen Devereaux Melillo PhD APRN BC FAANP,

    Professor And ChairSearch for more papers by this author
    • Karen Devereaux Melillo, PhD APRN BC FAANP, is a professor and chair at the Department of Nursing School of Health and Environment, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA.

  • Lisa Abdallah PhD RN,

    Assistant ProfessorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Lisa Abdallah, PhD RN, is an assistant professor at the Department of Nursing School of Health and Environment, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA.

  • Ruth Remington PhD APRN BC

    Assistant ProfessorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Ruth Remington, PhD APRN BC, is an assistant professor at the Department of Nursing School of Health and Environment, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA.


140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, or jane.flanagan.1@bc.edu.

Abstract

Treating patients in rehabilitation settings is becoming increasingly complex for a variety of reasons, such as the presence of several comorbid conditions, increased age, and earlier discharge from acute care facilities. As a result, careful monitoring and assessment by nurses is essential. Laboratory testing can improve the assessment when nurses are able to recognize when and what should be reported and what types of treatments may be needed. Understanding what laboratory findings should be monitored and what added assessment criteria are necessary can be daunting. Therefore, this article reviews critical laboratory and other assessment findings in light of common health problems faced by patients in rehabilitation settings. A case study is used to highlight the importance of laboratory testing.

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