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BHS Hemoglobin Critical Value to be lowered to 6.5 g/dl effective April 1, 2014

Mar 31, 2014

The Concept of the Critical Value was first introduced by Dr. Lundberg in 1972 when he wrote, “A laboratory test result that represents a pathophysiologic state at such variance with normal as to be life-threatening unless something is done promptly and for which some corrective action could be taken.”

It is with this in mind that the Medical Executive Board of the Baptist Health System has voted to lower the critical value of Hemoglobin from 7 g/dl to 6.5 g/dl effective April 1, 2014.

Physicians may also write orders to be notified of a lab value above the critical value if that is desired in the care of a particular patient.

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