Understanding the complete blood count with differential.

  title={Understanding the complete blood count with differential.},
  author={Beverly George-Gay and Katherine Parker},
  journal={Journal of perianesthesia nursing : official journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses},
  volume={18 2},
  pages={96-114; quiz 115-7}
The complete blood count (CBC) with differential is one of the most common laboratory tests performed today. It gives information about the production of all blood cells and identifies the patient's oxygen-carrying capacity through the evaluation of red blood cell (RBC) indices, hemoglobin, and hematocrit. It also provides information about the immune system through the evaluation of the white blood cell (WBC) count with differential. These tests are helpful in diagnosing anemia, certain… CONTINUE READING