Critical Lab Values List: this shows the values when the lab becomes "critical" or serious, often indicative that an intervention needs to be implemented by the Nurse & health care team STAT. Included is the BMP, CBC, Serum Drug Levels, Coagulation Studies, & ABGs.
Nurse: "Any medical problems you've been diagnosed with? " Patient: "no" Nurse: "So you don't take any medicines every day?" Patient: "Oh yeah! I gotta whole bag full of medicine I take every day" Happens at least once a day, but usually many times though
Calcium Antagonists are anti-hypertensive drugs that act by disrupting the movement of calcium through calcium channels to decrease contractility and conductivity of the heart thereby reducing oxygen demand and blood pressure. There are three commonly used calcium antagonists – Verapamil, Nifedipine and Diltiazem. In using these drugs, watch out for side-effects like hypotension, bradycardia, AV block, abdominal discomfort and peripheral edema.