13 10, 2016

Isolated Bandemia: What Should We Do with It?

2018-06-04T21:02:37-05:00October 13th, 2016|Critical Care, Fall 2016|

Almost immediately, emergency physicians know what to do with most abnormal lab results.  If a patient’s hemoglobin is 4.5 g/dL, they need a transfusion.  If their troponin is 12.3 ng/ml, they are having cardiac infarction.  If their lactic acid is 7.5 mmol/L, something terrible is going on.  What if the only abnormality they have on their blood work is bandemia?  Does it matter if their bands are 6%, 15%, or 32%? Or, are they all treated equally?

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