Kevin Narag

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Thrombocytopenia I. Problem/Condition. The normal platelet count is usually between 150,000 to 400,000/µL. The number represents the balance between platelet production, storage/pooling and degradation. Thrombocytopenia is generally defined as a platelet count of less than 150,000/µL. Platelet counts are regulated by thrombopoietin, a hormone produced by the liver. This hormone acts on hematopoietic cells to…

Pre-Operative Assessment

I. Problem/Challenge. Performing preoperative medical evaluation is a routine responsibility for hospitalists, either for patients under their own management or as part of consultation or comanagement. In contrast to outpatients, hospitalized patients receiving preoperative medical assessment generally require urgent or emergent surgery. II. Identify the Goal Behavior. The hospitalist performing preoperative evaluations must quickly evaluate…

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