Hematocrit (Hct)

What is the Lab Name for Hematocrit?


What is the Lab Abbreviation for Hematocrit?


What is Hematocrit in terms of Nursing Labs?

Hematocrit (Hct) is the percentage of the blood that is made up of packed Red Blood Cells (RBCs).  A hematocrit level of 40% indicates that there are 40 mL packed red blood cells in 100 mL of blood.

What is the Normal Range for Hematocrit?

Male: 41 – 50% | Female: 36 – 44%

What are the Indications for Hematocrit?

  • Identify:
    • Anemia
    • Bleeding
    • Bleeding disorder
    • Fluid imbalances

What would cause Increased Levels of Hematocrit?

  • Erythrocytosis
  • Polycythemia Vera
  • Shock
  • Dehydration
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Congenital Heart Disease

What would cause Decreased Levels of Hematocrit?

  • Anemia
  • Blood loss
  • Bone marrow disorders:
    • Leukemia
    • Lymphoma
    • Hodgkin disease
    • Multiple myeloma
    • Aplastic anemia
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Renal disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

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