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Critical Values
Sanford Laboratories has a policy for promptly reporting laboratory results which have been identified as meeting critical laboratory value criteria for selected tests. Critical values are defined as any result which has been determined to be medically significant and potentially life-threatening unless prompt and correct action is taken. These critical values were determined by technical and medical consensus.

We will notify you or your authorized representative when critical limits of these specified test results are exceeded/obtained. Notification is made to the ordering health care provider or person who indicates they have the authority to accept this communication as permitted or required by state and federal law.

In addition to our normal result reporting mechanisms, the patient's health care provider, their "on call" representative, or the referring facility will be contacted by phone within 60 minutes following the release of the critical results.

It is the responsibility of the health care provider or authorized representative to interpret the result in the context of the patient's clinical condition and to take immediate action, if needed.

Sanford Laboratories' Critical Values are listed below.
ANALYTE CRITICAL
LESS THAN
CRITICAL
GREATER THAN
CHEMISTRY
Bilirubin, Total, 0-7 days
(mg/dL)
- 17.9
Blood Gases, Arterial, Venous, Capillary
pH
7.20 7.60
Calcium, Total
(mg/dL)
5.0 -
Glucose, Adult, Pediatric >1 month
(mg/dL)
60 400
Glucose, <1 month
(mg/dL)
40 160
Ionized Calcium
(mmol/L)
0.8 -
Magnesium, Serum
(mg/dL)
1.2 8.0
Potassium (K)
(meq/L)
3 6
Sodium, 0-18 years
(meq/L)
125 160
HEMATOLOGY & COAGULATION
Hematocrit, >1 month of age
(%)
21 60
Hematocrit, <1 month of age
(%)
30 67
Hemoglobin, >1 month of age
(g/dL)
7.0 20.0
Hemoglobin, <1 month of age
(g/dL)
10.0 23.0
Platelet Count 10,000 1,000,000
Prothrombin
(INR)
- 5
CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY: THERAPEUTIC DRUGS
Digoxin, Serum
(ng/mL)
- 2.5
Lithium
(meq/L)
- 2.0
COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
MICROBIOLOGY
Blood Culture Gram Stain - Positive
SPINAL FLUID
WBC (Nucleated Cells)-Total Count
0-1 month of age
(cells/ul)
- 30
WBC Total Count, 1-2 Months of Age
(cells/uL)
- 10
WBC Total Count >2 Months of Age
(cells/uL)
- 5
CSF Glucose
(mg/dL)
40 -
CSF Gram Stain
- Positive

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