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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kristine M. L'Ecuyer, RN, MSN, CCNS (Saint Louis University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a revised and updated handbook of common laboratory and diagnostic tests. A nursing process model is used to provide guidelines of all phases of diagnostic testing. The unique role of the nurse during diagnostic evaluation is emphasized.
Purpose: The purpose is to promote the delivery of safe, effective, informed care for the patient undergoing diagnostic tests and procedures. This is accomplished by providing a quick reference with current, clinically relevant information pertaining to patient care needs.
Audience: Intended as a quick reference for nursing faculty, students, or clinicians, it can be used in a variety of healthcare settings with varied populations. This handbook would be valuable to other healthcare professionals as well.
Features: Laboratory and diagnostic tests are arranged alphabetically in a nursing process format, including purpose, indications, expected test outcomes, test outcome deviations, procedure, and nursing role in pretest, intratest, and post-test care. Applicable nursing diagnosis are included, as well as pertinent clinical alerts. Clinical alerts will assist the student nurse with critical thinking skills necessary in planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care.
Assessment: This is a valuable reference for nurses, as well as almost any healthcare professional in any setting in which diagnostic tests are performed. The alphabetical organization and the index of tests make it easy to access information.