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MCC Paramedic Program Case of the Month 10/98


Gain of 1

This patient was found to have acute anemia due to bleeding into his colon. Labs revealed a hematocrit of 11 which caused myocardial ischemia. This is the 12 lead following a transfusion of blood.

Hematocrit evaluation is quite an easy lab test to perform. It could easily be done by paramedics in the field. Why aren't we doing them?

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Updated: October 10, 1998