An Introduction to Biomedical Science in Professional and Clinical Practice / Edition 2

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Biomedical Science in Professional and Clinical Practice is essential reading for all trainee biomedical scientists looking for an introduction to the biomedical science profession whether they are undergraduates following an accredited biomedical sciences BSc, graduate trainees or experienced staff with overseas qualifications. This book guides trainees through the subjects, which they need to understand to meet the standards required by the Health Professions Council for state registration. These include professional topics, laws and guidelines governing clinical pathology, basic laboratory techniques and an overview of each pathology discipline. It helps trainees at any stage of training and in any pathology discipline(s) to think creatively about how to gather evidence of their understanding and professional competence. By referring to specialist sources of information in each area, it helps students to explore particular topics in more depth and to keep up to date with professional and legal changes. It is also of value to any Training Officers who are looking for ideas while planning a programme of training for a trainee biomedical scientist. The book includes basic principles of working in the pathology laboratory including laws and regulations, which must be observed, such as health and safety, data protection and equal opportunities laws and guidelines. Practical exercises are included throughout the book with examples of coursework, suggestions for further exercises and self -assessment. Summary boxes of key facts are clearly set out in each chapter and ideas for group/tutorial discussions are also provided to enhance student understanding.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470057155
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents



1 Introduction to a career as a biomedical scientist.

1.1 What is a biomedical scientist?

1.2 Early development of clinical laboratory sciences.

1.3 Development of the biomedical science profession.

1.4 Role of the IBMS as the professional body for biomedical scientists in the 21st Century.

1.5 Health Professions Council.

1.6 Education and training for biomedical scientists.

1.7 Codes of conduct.

1.8 Conclusion.

2 Organization of pathology departments and the role of pathology in healthcare.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Organization of pathology departments.

2.3 Staff groups within pathology.

2.4 Role of pathology in healthcare.

2.5 Users of the service.

2.6 Evidence-based laboratory medicine.

2.7 Improving the pathology service.

2.8 Point of care testing (POCT).

2.9 Role of POCT in patient care.

2.10 Conclusion.

3 Communication for biomedical scientists.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Communicating as a scientist.

3.3 Communicating as a healthcare professional.

3.4 Delivering the message: applying principles of effective communication.

3.5 Communication techniques

3.6 Conclusion.

4 Quality management in the clinical laboratory.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Quality in pathology.

4.3 Quality Control.

4.4 Quality Assurance.

4.5 Quality assessment.

4.6 Quality audit.

4.7 Clinical governance.

4.8 Quality management system (QMS).

4.9 Accreditation.

4.10 Factors affecting the quality of work in a pathology laboratory.

5 Basic principles of working in a clinical pathology laboratory.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Working as a professional biomedical scientist in the laboratory.

5.3 Flow of work in a clinical laboratory.

5.4 Health and safety in the clinical laboratory.

5.5 Confidentiality, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Caldicott Principles.

6 Introduction to the biomedical science disciplines.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Haematology and transfusion science.

6.3 Clinical biochemistry.

6.4 Histopathology and cytopathology.

6.5 Medical microbiology.

6.6 Liaison between pathology disciplines.

6.7 Evaluation of a new diagnostic test.

6.8 Sensitivity and specificity of an assay.

7 Biomedical science laboratory techniques.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Haematology.

7.3 Clinical chemistry.

7.4 Medical microbiology.

7.5 Histopathology.

8 Development of knowledge and competency for biomedical scientists.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Gathering evidence of knowledge and competency for HPC registration.

8.3 Continuing professional development.

8.4 Professional body support for CPD.

8.5 Reflective practice for biomedical scientists.

8.6 Approaches to reflective practice.

8.7 Critical incident analysis.

8.8 Learning styles.

8.9 Planning a career as a biomedical scientist; generic skills and employability.

8.10 Conclusion.


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