A Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests / Edition 9

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Prepare your students to deliver safe, effective, and informed care for patients who are undergoing diagnostic tests and procedures with the Ninth Edition of A Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests. Organized the way a nurse thinks—by specimen and function—this proven book describes an extensive array of tests for diverse populations, providing step-by-step guidance on correct procedure, tips for accurate interpretation, and expert information on patient preparation and aftercare.

Featuring additional tests, updated reference values, and coverage of the latest advances in CT scans, nuclear scans, and genetics, this edition maintains the organization and coverage that have made it the ideal reference and point-of-care guide for educational and practice settings.

This Ninth Edition is accompanied by a complete online teaching and learning package that includes case studies for application, a wide range of in-class activities and assignments, and Blackboard and WebCT cartridges for course management.

  • Prepare for practice with tests grouped according to specimen, function, and test type (blood, urine, stool, cerebrospinal fluid, etc.).
  • Learn vital information to keep in mind when implementing tests with “Clinical Alerts” that highlight critical safety information.
  • Easily find the test you’re looking for even if you don’t know the exact name with a presentation that supports the way a nurse thinks.
  • Master key information with helpful tips, inclusion of both conventional and SI units, and coverage of clinical implications for increased and decreased values.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Cherie G. Howk, PhD, FNP-BC(Indiana State University)
Description: This book, now in its eighth edition, has been a resource for laboratory and diagnostic tests for the last three decades, providing valuable comprehensive information about most tests and procedures grouped according to specimen, function, and test type.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to promote the delivery of safe, effective, and informed care for patients undergoing diagnostic tests and procedures by providing this "unique resource." This is a compelling objective for healthcare, and the authors have provided the tools to achieve it.
Audience: The audience for this book includes clinicians, students, educators, and researchers. The editors are both educators in the areas of nursing, medicine, and physiology.
Features: The manual covers an extensive array of tests and studies for diverse populations. In addition to the usual reference values provided by most books, this one includes extensive clinical implications for increased values and decreased values. It also provides lists for interfering factors and interventions that include pretest and posttest education and care. The Clinical Alert flags are somewhat arbitrary in that not all clinical alerts are related to critical or dangerous values.
Assessment: This is the premier book for students and practitioners on laboratory diagnostics. It is the most complete and provides the most helpful data for use at the bedside. Other books and handouts can provide normal values, but few provide information that allows for consideration of differential diagnoses. The continual updating of the manual provides confidence that the information is valid.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451190892
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 1/27/2014
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 1344
  • Sales rank: 102,917
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Diagnostic Testing 
Chapter 2:  Blood Studies: Hematology and Coagulation 
Chapter 3:  Urine Studies 
Chapter 4:  Stool Studies
Chapter 5:  Cerebrospinal Fluid Studies 
Chapter 6:  Chemistry Studies 
Chapter 7:  Microbiologic Studies
Chapter 8:  Immunodiagnostic Studies
Chapter 9:  Nuclear Medicine Studies
Chapter 10:  X-Ray Studies
Chapter 11:  Cytologic, Histologic, and Genetic Studies
Chapter 12:  Endoscopic Studies
Chapter 13:  Ultrasound Studies
Chapter 14:  Pulmonary Function, Arterial Blood Gases (ABGs), and Electrolyte Studies
Chapter 15:  Prenatal Diagnosis and Tests of Fetal Well-Being 
Chapter 16:  Special Diagnostic, Special Specimen Collection, and Postmortem Studies     

Appendix A:  Standard Precautions for Prevention and Control of Infection
Appendix B:  Guidelines for Specimen Transport and Storage
Appendix C:  Vitamins in Human Nutrition
Appendix D:  Minerals in Human Nutrition
Appendix E:  Effects of Drugs on Laboratory Tests (Blood, “Whole” Plasma, Serum, Stool, and Urine) 

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