The nurse is assigned to a patient at risk for the development of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). Which of the following lab values should the nurse monitor?

Prothrombin time, partial thromboplastin time, and platelet count


• DIC results in consumption of platelets and coagulation proteins, leading to abnormal bleeding. The patient's platelet count, PTT, PT, and fibrinogen levels should be monitored closely

• DIC is a pathological activation of systemic coagulation. Proteins and platelets are used up from small blood clots throughout the body. This leads to thrombocytopenia and bleeding

• Electrolytes, CBC, and WBC are not used to monitor or diagnose DIC

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