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Describes the formation and function of the five types of mature white blood cells, and discusses relevant laboratory values including the WBC count and the white cell differential. Neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils, monocytes, and lymphocytes are described, as is the etiology of the increase and decrease for each. The shift to the left is discussed, as well as important nursing considerations when caring for patients with changes in leukocyte patters.
Program Associated With: Understanding the Complete Blood Count Series
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