Choosing Wisely:

Don’t routinely repeat the labs hemoglobin and hematocrit in the hemodynamically normal pediatric patients with isolated blunt solid organ injury.

Rationale and Comments: Preset timed interval measurements of hemoglobin and hematocrit are no longer indicated as early detectors of instability. Clinical instability is defined by physiologic criteria such as age-specific tachycardia or hypotension, tachypnea, low urine output, altered mental status, or any significant clinical deterioration that warrants increased level of care and investigation. Therefore, the routine use of repeat laboratory studies in children with isolated solid organ injury who have physiologically normal vital signs for their age is not necessary.
Sponsoring Organizations:
  • American Academy of Nursing
  • Sources:
  • Expert consensus
  • Disciplines:
  • Emergency medicine
  • Hematologic
  • Pediatric
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