Pediatric Primary Care

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Assignment: Interpretation of Common Diagnostic Labs in Pediatric Primary Care

Nurse practitioners routinely order labs for a variety of reasons. Some labs are recommended as part of a certain wellness check. Some labs are tested at birth and repeated at regular intervals. Many labs are ordered to rule in or rule out a diagnosis or just to add to an objective data base along with physical examination, vital signs, image studies, etc. Some of the labs can be done at the point of care (POC) such as an Accu-Check®. Most all labs require a venous blood sample but may require different additives that are in the collection tube. Other samples include arterial blood, urine, sputum, spinal fluid, or exudate.

In Course Documents, you will find the “Unit 7 Assignment Template” that you will use to complete this Assignment. It is organized to include information about a common lab test that you will be completing in pediatric primary care. Please fill in the requested information. It is highly recommended that you keep this information with you during clinical as a reference.

Helpful tip: It is recommended that you keep all of your course work in a virtual (or physical, or both) portfolio for easy access in clinicals as well as future pediatric encounters.

Assignment Requirements

Before finalizing your work, you should:

  • be sure to read the Assignment description carefully (as displayed above);
  • consult the Grading Rubric (under Course Documents) to make sure you have included everything necessary; and
  • utilize spelling and grammar check to minimize errors.

Submit your Assignment to the unit Dropbox before midnight on the last day of the unit.


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Unit 7 Assignment Template Common laboratory diagnostics in primary pediatric care settings. Lab Test Normal Range for pediatric patients per age range BUN Infant: Child: Adolescent Infant:1-7days old- 0.7-1.2 mg/dL Child: Adolescent: Creatinine What does a High Level Indicate What does a Low Level Indicate Why would this test be ordered? (give a minimum of three) Urine Analysis Dip Stick ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● RBCs HGB HCT Platelets Reticulocytes WBCs neutrophils Bands eosphinils pH leukocytes Nitrite Protein Glucose Specific Gravity Blood Ketones Infant: Child: Adolescent: Infant: Child: Adolescent: Infant: Child: Adolescent: Infant: Child: Adolescent: Infant: Child: Adolescent: Infant: Child: Adolescent: Infant: Child: Adolescent: Infant: Child: Adolescent: Infant: Child: Adolescent: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● lymphocytes monocytes Basophils Hgb A1c Normal blood lead level Sweat chloride test Potassium Sodium Fasting Blood glucose Calcium TSH T3 Free T 4 Oxy