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Organized alphabetically. Now in its second edition, Delmar's Guide to Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests adds over 50 new entries to its compilation of over 600 laboratory and diagnostic tests. The most current information is provided in an easy-to-use format ideal for both students and practitioners of nursing, medicine, and medical technology. The exceptionally straightforward and concise presentation of information allows you to focus on providing comprehensive care to your client having laboratory and diagnostic tests and procedures. Now for the first time 50 of the most used tests are included in PDA downloadable format on the accompanying CD-ROM, giving you free electronic access to the test and procedure information most needed.

Key Features

Three indexes promote ease of use and quick access to information: list of tests by type, list of tests by body system, and a general alphabetical index that includes every test name and their synonyms.

Completely indexed and fully cross referenced with test synonyms indexed for quick reference.

Before, during, and after test nursing considerations are listed for every test reinforcing the concept that patient care is required beyond the test procedure.

Unique worldwide perspective provided by contributors from across North America provides a well-rounded knowledge base of information.

Rural, community, home, and international considerations included, as appropriate.

New to this Edition

Icons are provided in the text indicating tests that are included as PDA downloads on the free-with-purchase CD-ROM.

Provides the latest Standard Precautions for Infection Control and Transmission-Based Precautions for A<$$>ornePrecautions, Droplet Precautions, and Contact Precautions.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Barbara G Miller, MS, RN (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: Laboratory and diagnostic tests are arranged alphabetically for ease of use in this guide. Phonetic clues help with pronunciation of test names and a clock shows how much time is needed to conduct the test.
Purpose: The book provides thoroughly updated, state-of-the-art information for laboratory and diagnostic testing. It is unique in introducing an international perspective in a user-friendly format.
Audience: The intended audience is students and practitioners of nursing, medicine, and medical technology. This would be a good reference in the clinical setting for practitioners or students.
Features: The book covers laboratory and diagnostic test time requirements, equipment, indications, and rationale. The alphabetical listings make it easy to find a test, even if you don't know what kind of test it is. A unique feature is the inclusion of international implications for a diverse population. However, the book is wordy and does not make sufficient use of bulleted lists. The international aspect, while noteworthy, doesn't add significantly to its value.
Assessment: There are numerous diagnostic test reference books on the market. Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th edition, Pagana and Pagana (Elsevier, 2010) uses a more visually appealing format and is a better book for students. However, Delmar's Guide would be a good reference for the clinical setting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766815070
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 9/7/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1030
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Daniels, R.N., Col. (ret.), Ph.D., administers clinical practicum courses in acute and critical care nursing. Currently an associate professor at Oregon Health and Science University, School of Nursing, Daniels has taught nursing in associate, baccalaureate, and graduate schools, as well as R.N. degree completion programs. He has also taught many adult health and illness seminars and has presented at numerous national organizations, including forums for nurse educators. Throughout his accomplished career as an educator, Daniels has kept his clinical practice current as a Colonel in the United States Army, Army Reserves, and National Guard, retiring in August 2012 after 28 years of service. An active researcher, Daniels has received four successive fundings with the Department of the Army to implement health promotion programs with National Guardsmen. The author of multiple textbooks, he also publishes in nursing journals and holds membership in numerous professional nursing organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau and the American Nurses Association. Daniels obtained his bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Oregon Nursing School, his master of science degree in nursing from the University of San Diego, and his doctor of philosophy degree in nursing from the University of Texas in Austin.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Understanding and Using Delmar's Guide to Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests 1
Ch. 2 The Ever-Expanding Role of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests 13
Ch. 3 Standard Precautions 17
Ch. 4 Selected International Perspectives on Diagnostic Testing 27
Ch. 5 Case Study Presentations 37
Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests 45
List of References 951
App. A: Abbreviation List 961
App. B Venipuncture and Skin Puncture Procedures 966
App. C Cancer Tumor Markers and Laboratory Tests used in the Diagnosis and Monitoring of Malignant Tumors 972
App. D Consent Form Sample 974
App. E Therapeutic Blood Levels of Selected Drugs 975
App. F Blood Sample for Central Line 978
App. G Reference Laboratory Values 979
App. H Routine Serum Electrolytes 981
List of tests by body system and function 983
List of tests by type 991
General Index 999
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