Monitoring Parameters in HI

Complete blood count
Electrolytes: Na, K, Cl, Mg, P, CO2, glucose, calcium
Kidney function: blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, urine output
Liver functiona
Lipid levelsa
Total protein, albumin and prealbumin
Daily weights
Skin surface cultures daily × 1 wk and weekly while in intensive care
Blood culturesb
Vitamin D levela
  • a Particularly important if retinoid therapy is instituted.

  • b Low threshold to perform especially with temperature or hemodynamic instability, decreased oral intake, or irritability