Platelets (PLT)

Play Episode

Struggling in nursing school?

NRSNG can help skyrocket your grades 🚀

What is the Lab Name for Platelets?


What is the Lab Abbreviation for Platelets?


What is Platelets in terms of Nursing Labs?

Platelets (PLT) play a role in coagulation, hemostasis, and thrombus formation.  Platelets are the smallest blood cell, damaged vessels send out signals that result in platelets traveling to the area and becoming “active”.

What is the Normal Range for Platelets?

100,000 – 450,000 cells/mcL

What are the Indications for Platelets?

  • Determine clotting vs bleeding disorders

What would cause Increased Levels of Platelets?

  • Malignancy
  • Polycythemia Vera
  • Postsplenectomy syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Iron-deficiency anemia
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Birth control

What would cause Decreased Levels of Platelets?

  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia (ITP)
  • Inherited thrombocytopenia disorders:
    • Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome
    • Bernard-Soulier Syndrome
    • Zieve Syndrome
  • Infection:
    • Hepatitis
    • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
    • Measles
    • Sepsis
  • Hypersplenism
  • Hemorrhage
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Drug Therapy:
    • Aspirin
    • Ibuprofen
    • Sulfa antibiotics
    • Hydralazine
    • Thiazide diuretics
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • Hemolytic anemia’s

What are you struggling with in nursing school?

NRSNG supplements nursing school and helps fill in the gaps.  Search for a lesson inside NRSNG Academy below.

Share this post:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on reddit
Share on whatsapp
Share on email