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Critical testing information and key clinical protocols in the palm of your hand McGraw-Hill's Manual of Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests focuses specifically on what you need to know to understand the test, educate the patient, and provide safe, effective care before, during, and after the test. In addition, this easy-to-use clinical companion is the only text to actively incorporate evidence-based practice features throughout, both in test monographs and appendices-a major advantage that enhances your ability to apply the book's content to your daily practice. Features:
• A cohesive 5-part organization covering the full range of laboratory tests, diagnostic tests, laboratory/diagnostic assessments of body function, education, and screening
• Time-saving alphabetical organization of tests with handy thumb tabs
• Full-color icons that highlight the organization of each test, and clearly identify important features throughout
• Skill-sharpening references to national guidelines, including JCAHO
• Full coverage of clinical interventions/implications
• Essential insights into the possible meanings of abnormal values and contraindications
• Key references that pertain to evidence-based practice
• Timely appendix on the increasing use of evidence-based practice
• Critical patient teaching information

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This quick reference for the most common laboratory and diagnostic tests includes evidence-based practice information and clinical alerts in each entry.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an easy to use guide to clinical testing and influencing factors.
Audience: This book would be most useful to practicing nurses and students.
Features: Unique features of this book include the emphasis on evidence for practice, interpretation of abnormal results, the influencing factors that might skew the results, and nursing interventions pre- and post-test. The appendixes are a wonderful addition, setting it apart from other books. Here the reader will find common tests; physiology of the endocrine system and how its function may influence test results; patient safety and how to communicate test results; health professional safety while conducting or assisting with tests; and evidence-based practice and how that process is applied in clinical situations. The main shortcoming is lack of information on infants and children. For example, under bilirubin there is no mention of prematurity, breastfeeding, or birth trauma as influencing factors.
Assessment: There are many diagnostic books on the market. Detmer et al., Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Testing (McGraw-Hill, 1992), is focused on the medical model. Others, like Daniels, Delmar's Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests (Thomson Delmar Learning, 2002), for example, do not include patient safety considerations for the professional nor do they include the evidence-based practice information. This book is a nice addition and fresh look at an old subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071481526
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/8/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise D. Wilson, PhD, APN, ANP, FNP, has been a registered nurse since 1978 and has taught nursing since 1980. She is associate professsor of nursing for Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University, and maintains a clincal practice as a nurse practitioner in internal medicine.

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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements Introduction
Alphabetical Listing of 359 Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests
Appendix A: Typical Groupings of Blood/Urine Tests Appendix B: The Endocrine System: Signals and Feedback Appendix C: Safety of the Patient Appendix D: Safety of the Health Care Provider Appendix E: Evidence-Based Practice

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