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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Alan Hoffstadter, BS, MT (ASCP), SBB (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This softcover laboratory manual is a compendium of both blood bank theory and laboratory practice as it relates principally to the standard hospital transfusion service.
Purpose: The manual is designed primarily to acquaint the novice laboratorian with the principles and practices of immunohematology, and secondarily to provide laboratory safety instruction specific to this field.
Audience: Useful as a training tool at the vocational school or community college level, this manual may also be used as an adjunct to baccalaureate-level medical technology programs. Instructors in the field will find the manual a good template for student-laboratory teaching, with occasional group-based exercises that encourage teamwork in problem solving.
Features: There are excellent, detailed, black-and-white graphics interspersed among succinctly written theoretical concepts. Glossaries appear at the beginning of each teaching unit with the same words highlighted in boldface throughout the text for reinforcement. Concise tables replace what would have been extended text, leaving room for more appropriate laboratory exercises, case studies, and review questions. The use of wide margins and shading for certain portions of text provide for a less dense appearance than comparable laboratory manuals, Learning objectives precede every teaching unit. Laboratory safety procedures are melded into every exercise.
Assessment: An appropriate addition to the Delmar Clinical Laboratory Manual series, this manual will enable entry-level students of blood banking to acquire laboratory skills and foundation theory in the same resource. It has the benefit of having been written for a broad audience, from less formally trained but intelligent students to those pursuing their baccalaureate in medical technology. This manual represents a distillate of what is necessary to operate in today's transfusion services.