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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
Description: This second edition manual is a comprehensive, easy-to-use reference for the most common laboratory and diagnostic tests. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The book provides health professionals a resource for clear, concise explanations of laboratory and diagnostic tests. It includes pre- and post-test considerations as well as factors that can interfere with the validity of the results. These worthy objectives are met.
Audience: The target audience is healthcare providers — students as well as practitioners. The authors are credible authorities in this area of healthcare.
Features: The content is alphabetized, making it easy to locate a specific test. Differences in age groups or gender are presented. Critical considerations are marked with color-coded icons. Reference values are listed for each test, making recognition of abnormal findings easy to spot. Each section presents the synonym/acronym, type specimen needed, rationale, indications, results, critical values, as well as nursing implications. Any test that might be related is acknowledged. The inclusion of pre- and post-test considerations and explanations that the patient and family need is unique.
Assessment: There are many diagnostic and laboratory books but few are as comprehensive as this one. It presents the material in such a way that even the novice can follow the rationale and importance of the tests. It is not clear from the preface what changes have occurred between the first and second editions.