A Practical Approach to Laboratory Abnormalities

Discover a general framework for assessing laboratory abnormalities and an overview of common lab tests and drug levels. 

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Description

Description:

Learn how to understand and interpret common laboratory values through examining framework assessments and reviewing questions such as is the value abnormal? Is management necessary? And more. The program will advance your knowledge of various lab tests including, electrolytes, complete blood count (CBC), serum creatinine, liver function tests, and thyroid function tests. Also, gain insights into therapeutic drug levels. With the increase in access to patient’s clinical information via provincial viewers, this course will better equip you in your day-to-day practice.

This program is part of the Knowledge into Practice suite of educational programs. Knowledge into Practice programs are designed to facilitate the application of the knowledge acquired from continuing education programs into your clinical practice. In this course, we discuss access to patient lab values through the use of provincial clinical viewer. Patient cases are used to demonstrate how this information can be incorporated in the provision and documentation of enhanced pharmacy services for patients.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of common laboratory tests that pharmacists may use in their clinical practice 
  • Provide a general, practical framework to the assessment of laboratory abnormalities 
  • Understand the value of drug levels and how to interpret them 
  • Be aware of sources of lab values in community practice

Course outline:

  • A Practical Approach to Laboratory Abnormalities (0.5 hour)
  • Knowledge into Practice (0.25 hour)
  • Final Exam (0.25 hour)
  • Program’s Evaluation

Course at a glance:

  • 1 hour to complete
  • 0 CEUs
  • Course expiration date: August 1, 2023
  • Online
  • Accreditation: N/A
  • Completion requirement: Complete the course’s online modules, complete the multiple-choice exam with a score of 70 per cent or higher (two attempts), and complete the program evaluation.

Who should take this course:

This online professional development program is developed for pharmacists who would like to increase their knowledge with reading lab values and interpreting them in clinical settings.

Development Team:

  • Sharon Yamashita, RPh (BScPhm, ACPR, PharmD, FCSHP)
  • Drew Peddie, RPh (BScPhm) 
  • Justin Lin, RPh (BScPhm, PharmD, BCGP)
  • Jamie Yuen, RPh (BScPhm, BCGP)