What is a Calcium Blood Test?
Calcium blood tests are medical tests that measure the calcium levels in one’s blood. There are actually two types: total calcium blood test and ionized calcium blood test. The ionized calcium test measures unattached calcium or ones separated from specific proteins in one’s blood. The total calcium blood test, which is usually a part of a basic metabolic panel (BMP) test, measures both calcium attached to blood and unattached calcium.
How does it work?
Step One. Access and Download the Template
Ensure you have a digital and printable copy of the calcium blood test template when needed. Obtain a copy by doing either of the following:
- Clicking the “Download Template” or “Use Template” button
- Searcing “Calcium Blood Test” on Carepatron’s template library’s search bar on the app or the website
Step Two. Interview, Assess, or Examine the Patient
Before requesting a calcium blood test, it’s best that you interview, assess, or physically examine the patient for any symptoms or signs of having too much or too little calcium. Only then do you request a test using the template and write your observations or findings on the form.
However, should they not exhibit any, you may write “routine bloodwork or checkup” on the form since a calcium blood test is commonly included in a CMP or BMP.
Step Three. Collect the Sample
Since our calcium blood test template can be used as a request form, patients can bring it to the laboratory as proof of the requested test.
Step Four. Analyze and Interpret
Once the results come back, you may use the calcium blood test template to write down your patient’s results and the corresponding interpretation.
Step Five. Securely Store the Template
Don’t forget to securely store the template after you’ve made the most out of it. You may store it at a secure physical location. Alternatively, you can store digital copies of the completed calcium blood test template on Carepatron, a HIPAA-compliant EHR, where only relevant parties can access the information.
Calcium Blood Test Example (sample)
Here’s a filled-out PDF file of a calcium blood test template. Hopefully, this gives you insight into using it as a request form and/or document to write down results and your interpretations. However, not that the answers in the template are fictional.
Grab a copy by viewing the sample below or clicking the “Download Example PDF” button.
When would you use this test?
General physicians and nurses commonly request and use calcium blood tests for multiple reasons. Here are some of the reasons:
Assessing or Diagnosing
You may use the calcium blood test template when you notice your patient exhibiting signs or symptoms of hypocalcemia or hypercalcemia. Aside from that, you may also use it when you suspect your patient has a disease affecting your calcium levels.
You may also use the calcium blood test template for monitoring both treatment and medication to monitor your patient’s calcium levels, which signifies the approach's effectiveness.
Whenever you order routine bloodwork, you automatically order a calcium blood test. Reasons for asking for routine bloodwork usually vary depending on the referring physician.
Should you need a test measuring the calcium a patient has in their bones, you must use a bone density test instead of a calcium blood test.
What do the results mean?
Result interpretations may vary depending on your patient’s medical history, overall health, symptoms, other test results, and the provided range of the laboratory. However, typically the interpretation of the calcium blood test results is as follows:
- Higher than the normal range’s upper limit: If your patient’s calcium levels are higher than 10.2 Mg/dL, it means that they may have hypercalcemia caused by hyperparathyroidism or a specific type of cancer.
- Lower than the normal range’s limit: If your patient’s calcium levels are lower than 8.2 Mg/dL, they may have hypocalcemia because of a problem with their kidneys, parathyroid glands, or medication.
Why use Carepatron as your Calcium Blood app?
Aside from being an app to get your calcium blood test template, Carepatron is also a general practice software that can help you efficiently manage your practice. How? By providing you with the tools and features you need to automate tasks and streamline processes related to the following:
There are over 1,000 templates of medical documents, invoices, and notes you can customize, complete, store, and digitally access, saving time, money, and effort on your end.
Control your schedule by allowing your client to request appointments independently. Then, reduce no-shows by sending them automated reminders via email and SMS of upcoming appointments through a system on Carepatron.
Send automated reminders of payment dues, offer alternative payment options, and process your clients’ payments quickly.
Effortless input and search for patient details and records with our patient portal.
These and more are available on the practice management software that is Carepatron. Raise the caliber of your practice and handle your responsibilities with ease. Sign up for an account and free access today!