Below is a summary of Taylor’s electronic health record (EHR) during his visit. As a laboratory or radiology technologist, you are responsible for obtaining and providing test results to assist the physician in diagnosing Taylor’s condition. Using Virtual Physical Exam (VPE), Taylor’s EHR and Internet research, answer the questions and be prepared to discuss the responses with the rest of Taylor’s healthcare team.
Internet Research: Dr. Waring orders two tests for Taylor, a blood glucose test and a cholesterol test. Explain how each procedure is performed and the information each test will provide.
Fasting blood glucose:
Review Taylor’s EHR: What is the result of his fasting blood glucose test?
Internet Research: What is the normal range for this test?
Review VPE: What are the results of Taylor’s cholesterol test? A cholesterol test includes total cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL), low density lipoprotein (LDL) and triglycerides.
Internet Research: What are the normal ranges for these tests?
Internet Research: How do the results affect Dr. Waring’s diagnosis?
Internet Research: What is the best recommendation a physician can give to Taylor to help him lower his fasting blood glucose and cholesterol, without medication(s)?
Cholesterol: A fat-like substance that is found in certain foods and is also produced in the body. The body needs some cholesterol to work properly, but high levels in the blood can block arteries and increase the risk of heart disease.