Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Lab Results That Make Me Smile

1. When it turns out the Staph aureus growing out of your patient's blood is not methicillin resistant

2. A second set of cardiac enzymes that is negative

3. Electrolytes that don't need to be repleted

4. A bacterial culture that is initially read as gram positive cocci, but turns out to be skin flora

5. A positive U/A in an elderly altered mental status patient


  1. Those are just so true.

  2. Phone that don't make me smile:
    1. Requests for extensive work up of normal skin flora.
    2. Calling the micro lab for every test result except cultures.
    3. Assuming that a UA w/ microscopic must mean that it went to the micro lab, so let's call them with questions about an abnormal