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Measuring serum lactate

Antinone, Richard RN, CEN, MSN; Kress, Terri RN, CEN, MSN

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000360675.07596.16
Department: Diagnostic Update
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A serum lactate level, which measures the level of lactic acid in the blood, is a fairly reliable and accurate indication of tissue hypoperfusion and hypoxia. Learn about this test, how to interpret results, and what your patient needs to know.

Richard Antinone is a senior professional staff nurse at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian and Terri Kress is a nurse educator at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Shadyside, both in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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