Case Study Of The Doctor Orders

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Kelsey Schmader
HLTH200-02 Case Study
1. The doctor orders the following tests: complete blood count (CBC), ESR, hemoglobin A1C, blood glucose, urinalysis, and CT bladder.
a. Describe each diagnostic test and what each test is supposed to indicate (what might each test show and why?) Make sure you give references for your answers.
b. Why do you think they are appropriate for the doctor to order for Tim at this time? Make sure you give references for your answers.
CBC
a. The complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test that measures the number of different cells in the blood including but not limited to platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells. It may indicate whether or not the patient has low hemoglobin and hematocrit numbers
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This level is elevated in those who are fatigued which is why the doctor may have ordered this test. An elevated ESR may indicate diabetes (Kavanaugh 2003).
b. This test is appropriate for the doctor to order because it may indicate why Tim is feeling fatigued.
Hemoglobin A1C
a. A hemoglobin A1C diagnostic test is an average of blood sugars over three month period. It tells what percentage of hemoglobin carries oxygen and how much of the hemoglobin had glucose attached to it. Deals with glucose readings to get a longer evaluation of blood sugar over last three months as opposed to single finger sticks that only give blood sugar at a specific moment. That would better indicate a pattern of increased blood glucose that would lead to a diagnosis of diabetes (Manfred 2014).
b. Hemoglobin A1C is a good test for Tim because it indicates his blood sugar over a longer period of time which may indicate diabetes. Extreme thirst is a common sign of diabetes and because it was a symptom of Tim the doctor ordered this test to see if he may be diabetic.
Blood Glucose
a. Blood glucose –see if glucose was elevated at a current moment. Fasting blood glucose may indicate diabetes or if normal numbers could rule out diabetes.
b. The doctor ordered a blood glucose test for Tim to see if his blood sugar is elevated. Again, his symptoms are common signs of diabetes and this test could indicate whether or not he may have it. Tim has excessive thirst, and this is a sign of
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