Basic Clinical Laboratory Techniques / Edition 6

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BASIC CLINICAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES, Sixth Edition demonstrates the techniques involved in basic clinical laboratory procedures, as well as the theories behind them. Performance-based to maximize hands-on learning, this "work-text" includes step-by-step instruction and worksheets to help users understand laboratory tests and procedures, such as specimen collection, types of analysis, laboratory instrumentation, CLIA and OSHA safety protocols, and much more. Learners and working professionals alike will find BASIC CLINICAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES an easy-to-understand, reliable resource for developing and refreshing key laboratory skills.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I have enjoyed using the previous editions of this text because my students feel comfortable with the layout and material presentation. The reading is presented in a way that does not pressure the student with an overload of information in any section. It is also easy for instructors since the smaller sections can be rearranged as needed and assignments can be any size desired. This is a great text for introducing students to the clinical laboratory. I highly recommend this text."Ernest Dale Hall, MA Ed. MT(ASCP), Southwestern Community College/ Sylva, North Carolina

"I am very happy that I agreed to review this textbook. I have been looking for a text for my Medical Laboratory Procedures for about three years now and I have not been happy with any of the ones I have found. This text seems to encompass what I have been looking for in a text."Mary Elizabeth Browder, M. Ed., Raymond Walters College|UC Blue Ash/ Cincinnati, Ohio

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Reviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This is the fifth edition of a widely used reference introducing students to the fundamentals of clinical laboratory science. New to this edition are updated information, the liberal use of color figures/photographs, standardized alerts for safety issues, critical thinking exercises, and web-based activities to augment the text.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide "the foundation of theory, skills and techniques required for understanding and performing routine laboratory tests." These are definitely worthy goals and this book nicely meets them.
Audience: The intended audience includes medical laboratory technician or medical assistant students, anyone taking an introductory course in clinical laboratory science, and anyone performing point of care testing (POCT) in physician office laboratories. This book might also be useful to nursing, medical, and allied health students in their first or second year of training. (It would not be useful to those further in their careers as the information is indeed introductory and elementary.)
Features: This is a great book for introducing students to clinical laboratory science. The text reads well and is easy to understand. Each chapter follows the same layout, with learning goals stated at the beginning, case studies interspersed, a final summary and review questions at the end, followed by recommended student activities and web based activities. Many of the chapters have student assessment checklists at the end to judge student competency. Often included are laboratory procedures so well written and easy to follow that I want to use them to replace procedures in my own laboratory. This is an excellent teaching tool with lesson plans already designed and ready to implement. Instructive color pictures leave absolutely no doubt as to how to perform the various test procedures. There are a few negatives. The most glaring is that this softcover book is big and floppy with pages as thin as newsprint. It will undoubtedly be used a lot during the course and it may not hold up to lots of handling. The pages likely will not survive drips or spills, and I've already ripped off at least one of the covers just reading it for this review. (On the flip side, a heavy and more substantial book would be too heavy to carry back and forth from class and home.) There is a chapter on bleeding times, a test pretty convincingly demonstrated to have little if any clinical utility, so why keep teaching it? But these are very minor concerns for an otherwise wonderful introductory book.
Assessment: This is a great introductory textbook on the fundamentals of clinical laboratory science for those non-clinical laboratory scientists who will be performing common laboratory tests in their careers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111138363
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 11/17/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 928
  • Sales rank: 255,941
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara H. Estridge is a retired instructor of medical technology and research associate in the College of Science & Mathematics at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Her experience includes working at the hospital bench, teaching clinical laboratory courses, biological and biomedical research, clinical laboratory management, and more.

Anna P. Reynolds is a retired instructor of medical technology and a research coordinator at the College of Agriculture at Auburn University. She taught both hospital and university Medical Technology, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Medical Laboratory Assistant programs. Her experience includes clinical and research experience in hematology, chemistry, urinalysis, microbiology, parasitology, and immunology.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables. Preface. How to Use This Book. Unit I: INTRODUCTION TO THE CLINICAL LABORATORY. The Clinical Laboratory. The Clinical Laboratory Professional. Medical Terminology. Laboratory Safety: Physical and Chemical Hazards. Laboratory Safety: Biological Hazards. General Laboratory Equipment. The Metric System. Preparing Laboratory Reagents. Quality Assessment. The Microscope. Capillary Puncture. Routine Venipuncture. Unit II: BASIC HEMATOLOGY. Introduction to Hematology. Hemoglobin. Microhematocrit. The Hemacytometer. Manual RBC and WBC Counts. Platelet Count. Preparing and Staining a Blood Smear. Normal Blood Cell Morphology. White Blood Cell Differential Count. Principles of Automated Hematology. Abnormalities in Peripheral Blood Cell Morphology. Reticulocyte Count. Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate. Unit III: BASIC HEMOSTASIS. Principles of Hemostasis. Disorders of Hemostasis. Coagulation Testing Methods. Prothrombin Time. Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time. D-Dimer. Unit IV: BASIC IMMUNOLOGY AND IMMUNOHEMATOLOGY. Introduction to Immunology. Infectious Mononucleosis Tests. Test for Rheumatoid Factors. Urine hCG Tests. Introduction to Immunohematology. ABO Grouping. Rh Typing. Unit V: URINALYSIS. Introduction to Urinalysis. Urine Collection and Processing. Physical Examination of Urine. Chemical Examination of Urine. Microscopic Examination of Urine Sediment. Unit VI: BASIC CLINICAL CHEMISTRY. Introduction to Clinical Chemistry. Principles of Chemistry Instrumentation. Chemistry Specimen Collection and Processing. Point-of-Care Testing. Blood Glucose and Hemoglobin A1c. Blood Cholesterol and Triglycerides. Electrolytes. Fecal Occult Blood. Unit VII: BASIC CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY. Introduction to Clinical Microbiology. Microbiology Specimen Collection and Processing. Culture Techniques for Bacteriology. The Gram Stain. Tests for Group A Streptococcus. Urine Culture and Colony Count. Bacterial Identification and Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing. Tests for Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Infection Prevention in Health-Care Settings. Public Health Issue: Emerging Infectious Diseases. Public Health Issue: Biological Threats. Unit VIII: BASIC PARASITOLOGY. Introduction to Parasitology. Collecting and Processing of Specimens for Parasite Detection. Microscopic Methods of Detecting Intestinal Parasites. Preparing Smears for Blood Parasites. Glossary. Appendix A: Guide to Standard Precautions. Appendix B: Laboratory Reference Values. Appendix C: Abbreviations and Acronyms Commonly Used in Clinical Laboratories. Appendix D: Sources of Information: Health Care Accrediting and Credentialing Agencies, Professional Societies, Governmental Agencies. Index.
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