Serum calcium refers to the amount of calcium that is in your blood. It is important that there is a normal amount of calcium in the blood. A test called the calcium blood test can determined whether or not you have that normal amount in your blood. If you don’t have enough calcium in the bloodstream, there can be a problem because calcium provides for stranger teeth and bones and it helps with the muscles and hormones.
If you have a high level of calcium, then you may feel sick with nausea and stomach pain. If you have low levels of calcium, then you may have muscle cramps and seizures. If a client has a serum calcium level of 7.2 g/dl, then patient may have Trousseau’s sign.
Trousseau\ s sign.-rationale: this clients serum calcium level indicates hypocalcemia, an electrolyte imbalance that causes trousseaus sign (carpopedal spasm induced by inflating the blood pressure cuff above systolic pressure). homans sign (pain on dorsiflexion of the foot) indicates deep vein thrombosis. hegars sign (softening of the uterine isthmus) and goodells sign (cervical softening) are probable signs of pregnancy.client needs category: physiological integrityclient needs subcategory: physiological adaptationcognitive level: comprehensionreference: smeltzer, s.c., et al. brunner and suddarths textbook of medical surgical-nursing, 11th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 326.