The nurse is assessing a patient after returning from surgery. After reviewing the patient's white blood cell differential, the nurse should notify the physician of:


•Neutrophils should account for 55-70% of all white blood cells. An elevation in neutrophils is indicative of a bacterial infection.

•The physician should be notified because the patient is at risk for infection and complications after surgery.

•Lymphocytes, 20-40%

•Eosinophils, 1-4%

•Basophils, 0.5-1%

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