Ch 20: Organ Function & Health Test Results Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Organ Function and Health Test Results chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach various medical tests and interpretation of results in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Organ Function and Health Test Results chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Glucose levels in blood and urine;
Types of urine tests;
Crystals in urine
Normal range of glucose levels and causes of deviation;
pH tests, ketone test, tests for protein and white blood cells, causes of abnormal results;
Types of crystals and what their presence can mean
Tuesday Electrolytes in urine;
Urine specific gravity;
Kidney function test values
Causes of changes in the amount of electrolytes;
Definition, normal ranges, reasons for altered values;
Definition of BUN and creatinine, normal levels
Wednesday Bilirubin and urobilinogin;
Liver values;
Amylase and pancreatic lipase
Definition of bilirubin and urobilinogin, signs of abnormal levels;
Albumin, AST, AFT, ALP, causes of changes;
Amylase and lipase, normal levels and causes of deviations
ThursdayArterial blood gas and acid base balance;
Measuring blood oxygen levels;
Pulmonary function tests
Causes of abnormal blood gas and acid base balance readings;
How blood oxygen levels are determined, what is normal;
Common tests of lung function
Friday Cardiac enzymes;
Neurological tests
Cardiac markers and what they can tell about a patient's condition;
Brain function tests and the Glasgow coma scale

14 Lessons in Chapter 20: Organ Function & Health Test Results Lesson Plans
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Glucose Levels in the Blood and Urine

1. Glucose Levels in the Blood and Urine

This lesson will discuss hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, and glucosuria as well as the major causes for each one of these test results. This means we'll touch base upon endocrine diseases, such as Cushing's and diabetes mellitus.

Urine Test Types: pH, Ketones, Proteins, and Cells

2. Urine Test Types: pH, Ketones, Proteins, and Cells

This lesson will discuss the major findings resulting from the measurement of urine pH, ketones, proteins, white blood cells, and red blood cells. Including how diet and disease influence these values.

Crystals in Urine: Meaning and Causes

3. Crystals in Urine: Meaning and Causes

This lesson will go over some of the major types of crystals that can be found in urine, what they look like, and why they may occur. Find out as we take a look at uric acid, struvite, cystine, sulfur, and calcium oxalate crystals.

Electrolytes in Urine: Normal Lab Values and Causes of Change

4. Electrolytes in Urine: Normal Lab Values and Causes of Change

This lesson will discuss four major electrolytes that are found in your blood. But we'll be discussing the significance of finding more or less than normal amounts of them in your urine.

Urine Specific Gravity: Normal Range, Fluctuations, and Causes

5. Urine Specific Gravity: Normal Range, Fluctuations, and Causes

This lesson will discuss a test known as urine specific gravity. You'll learn the normal values of urine specific gravity as well as the major causes of its abnormal elevation or decrease.

Kidney Function Test Values: BUN and Creatinine

6. Kidney Function Test Values: BUN and Creatinine

This lesson will discuss two important measurements related to kidney function, called BUN and creatinine. We'll discuss when they may be increased or decreased and why.

Bilirubin & Urobilinogen: Definition & Symptoms

7. Bilirubin & Urobilinogen: Definition & Symptoms

This lesson will discuss an important yellow colored pigment known as bilirubin, where it comes from, and how it plays an important role in helping to diagnose disease.

Important Liver Values: Albumin, ALT, ALP & AST

8. Important Liver Values: Albumin, ALT, ALP & AST

This lesson will discuss three important enzymes that indicate liver or biliary tree issues. They are ALT, ALP, and AST. We'll talk about some of the reasons why they may be elevated.

Amylase and Pancreatic Lipase: Causes & Associated Conditions

9. Amylase and Pancreatic Lipase: Causes & Associated Conditions

This lesson will focus in on two important enzymes produced by the pancreas known as amylase and lipase. We'll discuss what their elevations during blood tests may indicate.

Arterial Blood Gas and Acid Base Balance: Tests and Interpretation

10. Arterial Blood Gas and Acid Base Balance: Tests and Interpretation

This lesson will discuss what the arterial blood gas test is and how it is used to interpret acid/base balance in your body. You'll learn about partial pressures, hypercapnia, acidemia, and alkalosis.

Measuring Blood Oxygen Levels

11. Measuring Blood Oxygen Levels

This lesson will discuss three important values relating oxygen information in our blood. These values are the partial pressure of oxygen, oxygen saturation, and oxygen content of blood.

What Are Pulmonary Function Tests?

12. What Are Pulmonary Function Tests?

Pulmonary function tests are used to measure air movement into and out of the lungs. Spirometry is the most common way to measure airflow. This lesson will describe the use of spirometry to measure lung volumes and flow rates as well as how breathing disorders are diagnosed.

The Importance of Cardiac Enzymes

13. The Importance of Cardiac Enzymes

This lesson discusses the importance of two markers of heart disease that can be measured via the blood. They are creatine kinase and troponin, and we'll discuss what may cause their levels in the blood to increase.

Neurological Tests of Major Importance

14. Neurological Tests of Major Importance

This lesson will talk about how altered states of consciousness are assessed in individuals with serious brain trauma. We will also discuss two signs that may indicate meningitis in a patient.

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