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Laboratory approach to the management of clinical emergencies: A diagnostic series

By Swati Gupta

Abstract

This article emphasizes on the laboratory investigations that may play a significant role in the prompt management of the patient. Hence, other conditions where laboratory investigations will not play a major role are not included in this article. An attempt has been made to highlight certain issues wherein we can prevent inadvertent ordering of tests to minimize the burden on the overworked emergency laboratory, without compromising patient care. The conditions that will be dealt here include: acute chest pain, acute abdominal pain, road traffic injuries, acute respiratory distress, high grade fever, vomiting, loss of consciousness, poisoning and laboratory accidents, and lastly occupational exposure to potential biological hazards

Topics: Laboratory, management, emergencies, Medicine, R
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Medknow Publications
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.4103/0974-2727.54805
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:e4241b7b0c714ab0becab02dc540c6ac
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