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Mastering Lab Interpretation & The Implications for Patient Care
Mastering Lab Interpretation & The Implications for Patient Care

Where:   MADISON, WI

When:  Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description
Attend this interactive seminar and leave with true integrative understanding of lab results and patient outcomes. Be a CLINICIAN, not a TECHNICIAN… be PROactive, not REactive! Learn the hidden clinical clues of labs and empower yourself to change lives as a situationally aware patient advocate powerhouse!

Join Cyndi Zarbano as she demystifies both the common and less frequently seen lab values. You will explore a large variety of labs, why they are ordered, and what the results tell us about your patients. By understanding the clues that these values give you, you can utilize critical thinking to proactively plan the course of care and optimize patient outcomes.
If there is no CE tab, please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
Learner Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the results of Coagulation Studies (PT/INT and PTT).
  2. Analyze a Complete Blood Count with Differential and discuss clinical applications (Anemias, Left Shifts, Infections, etc.).
  3. Recognize the clinical implications of metabolic panels.
  4. Distinguish between life-threatening electrolyte imbalances, as well as potential causes and remedies.
  5. Predict renal function based on BUN, Creatinine, BUN/CR ratio, and GFR.
  6. Interpret cardiac panel results in a suspected acute myocardial infarction.
  7. Analyze blood gases and pertinent clinical implications.
  8. Differentiate between bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis based on lumbar puncture findings.
  9. Recognize the key clinical indicators and implications for infection on a urinalysis.
Program Outline

  • Basic Metabolic Profile (BMP)
    • Glucose
    • Acid Base
    • Renal Function
    • Electrolytes
    • Life-threatening Electrolytes
      • Potassium
      • Magnesium
      • Sodium
      • Calcium
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel: Indications and Implications
    • LFTs: Exploring the Liver
    • AST/ALT/ALP/Total Bilirubin/Proteins
    • Health Issues in Liver Failure
      • Jaundice
      • Ascites
      • Hepatic
      • Encephalopathy
  • CBC with Differential: Interpreting the Components
    • What Can Impact WBC and Neutrophil Findings
    • Anemias/Polycythemias
    • Understanding the Differential
    • The Left Shift Explained
    • Guidelines on Transfusing have Changed
  • Acute Renal Failure: Identify the Cause
    • Creatinine
    • BUN
    • BUN/CR ratios
    • Glomerular Filtration Rate
    • Urine Osmolality
    • FENA
  • Cardiac Labs: Ischemia vs. Myocardial Infarction
    • Cardiac Panels
    • EKG Clues Supporting the Findings
    • Distinguishing STEMI vs. NSTEMI
    • BNP
    • Pro-BNP
  • Coagulation/Thrombotic Risk Panels: Clues to Clotting
    • The Clotting Cascade
    • The Right Lab Test for the Medication
    • aPTT
    • PT
    • INR
    • D-dimer
    • Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy
  • Urinalysis: Does Your Patient Have a UTI?
    • Latest Guidelines
    • Culture
  • Blood Gases: Identifying the Underlying Abnormality
    • Three Types of Gases
    • Interpreting Arterial Blood Gases: It’s Easier Than You Think!
    • Venous Blood Gases
    • Mixed Venous Blood Gases
  • Labs and Sepsis: Taking a Team Approach
    • Cultures, Gram Stains and Sensitivities
    • Systematic Inflammation
    • Labs of Sepsis
      • Lactate Levels
      • Procalcitonin Levels
      • WBCs
      • Neutrophils
  • Lumbar Punctures / Cerebral Spinal Fluid
    • Bacterial Meningitis
    • Viral Meningitis
    • Viral Encephalitis
  • Understanding Thyroid Dysfunction
    • TSH
    • T4 Levels
    • T3 Uptake
  • Differentiating Hyperglycemic States
    • DKA
    • HHS (HHNK)
    • Treatment for Each


Cyndi Zarbano, MSN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, PCCN, CMSRN, CLNC, is an intensive care nurse with over 20 years of nursing experience who is currently practicing in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. She is a nationally-recognized seminar speaker who has opened multiple national symposiums and speaks on several topics for PESI, as well as a variety of other companies in the US and Canada. In addition to her speaking engagements, Cyndi is author of Clinical Nursing Assessment Skills Pocket Guide(PESI, 2013). Her products also include textbooks, webcasts and webinars.

Along with her MS and BSN in nursing, she has 3 other undergraduate degrees and multiple nursing certifications. She served as a US Naval Officer for 10 years, leaving service as an LCDR (Lieutenant Commander) in 2001. Prior to nursing, she worked as a counselor with the mentally ill and dangerous in a facility in southern Minnesota. She returned to that facility as a Lead Psychiatric Nurse for two years after leaving the military. Additionally, Cyndi has a legal nurse consulting business and continues to serve as a testifying expert in medical related cases. Cyndi's teaching style is dynamic and high energy while informal and easy to understand. You will leave her program with a renewed commitment to achieving nursing excellence in critical care.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cyndi Zarbano is the owner of Clinical Review Consultants. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Cyndi Zarbano has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 6.25 hours of clinical Category I CME credit by the American Academy of Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.

This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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