If your child’s lab values fall outside the normal range, your care team will discuss them with you. If they fall below the critical value, your child may need treatment. When you are not in the hospital for care, Care Coordinators are assigned to monitor and track your child's labs. They will contact you with lab values and coordinate needed follow up.

Blood Count Values

If your child’s blood counts fall below the critical value, your child may need a blood or platelet transfusion or a medication called GCSF or Neupogen™. Normal blood count values are listed below for your information.

Normal Blood Count Values

Count Normal Value Critical Values Normal Lifespan
WBC 4.8 – 10 mm3   7 days
Hemoglobin 10.6 – 15.2 g/dl < 7 g/dl 120 days
Hematocrit 32% – 42% < 20% 120 days
Platelet > 150,000 < 10,000 10 days
Lymphocyte 35% – 65%   100 – 300 days
Neutrophil 18% – 75%   4 – 6 hours
Monocyte 0 – 9%   8 hours
Basophil 0 – 0.2%    
Eosinophil 2 – 5%   5 – 24 hours

Normal Electrolyte Values

Electrolytes are the natural salts and elements that provide nutrition for cells and tissues. Each of these electrolytes must stay within a normal range for the body to continue to perform normally. If your child’s electrolyte levels are either too high or too low, treatment will be needed. Normal electrolyte values are listed below for your information.

Normal Electrolyte Values

Electrolytes (sign) Normal Value Critical Values
Sodium (NA) 135 – 145 < 130 or > 150
Potassium (K) 3.4 – 5.0 < 3 or > 5
Chloride (Cl) 96 – 111  
Magnesium (Mg) 1.7 – 2.3  
Calcium (Ca) 8.8 – 10.8  
Phosphorus (Phos) 3.5 – 6.5  
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) 18 – 27  
Glucose 60 – 108  
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