We’ve all done it at some point. Serial hemoglobin. Serial sodium. Serial serum porcelain levels. What does serial mean to you? And what does it tell us about or patient?
Today and tomorrow, I’d like to present an example from real life. For today, have a look at the daily sodium tests done for a patient with a head injury. The concern was for cerebral salt wasting, which is probably grounds for its own blog post.
So have a look at this series of sodium determinations. It represents serial values based on daily testing.
|Day 1 18:30||131|
|Day 2 05:59||133|
|Day 3 07:18||127|
|Day 4 07:45||125|
|Day 5 04:04||126|
|Day 6 04:42||127|
|Day 7 05:22||134|
At what point, if any, would you be concerned with significant hyponatremia, and begin some type of supplementation?
Tomorrow, I’ll provide a little more info on levels and treatment