Hemoglobin (Hbg)

What is the Lab Name for Hemoglobin?


What is the Lab Abbreviation for Hemoglobin?


What is Hemoglobin in terms of Nursing Labs?

Hemoglobin (Hbg), an iron containing compound, is the main protein in Red Blood Cells (RBCs). It enables oxygen and carbon dioxide (CO2) to bind to RBCs for transport throughout the body.

What is the Normal Range for Hemoglobin?

Male: 13.5 – 16.5 g/dL | Female: 12.0 – 15.0 g/dL

What are the Indications for Hemoglobin?


  • Bleeding disorders
  • Anemia
  • Blood loss

What would cause Increased Levels of Hemoglobin?

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


What would cause Decreased Levels of Hemoglobin?

  • Anemia
  • Blood Loss
  • Bone Marrow Disorders:
    • Leukemia
    • Lymphoma
    • Multiple myeloma
    • Aplastic anemia
  • Severe burns
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Renal disease
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

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