Understanding Laboratory Investigations: A Text for Nurses and Health Care Professionals

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Understanding Laboratory Investigations provides nurses with essential and easily digested information about the most frequently requested tests that are performed on patient samples in hospital laboratories. The book reflects the work of all five disciplines of pathology: clinical chemistry, haematology, clinical microbiology, blood transfusion and cytopathology.

The text explains the physiological function of the substance being measured, details of reference ranges and the ...

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Overview

Understanding Laboratory Investigations provides nurses with essential and easily digested information about the most frequently requested tests that are performed on patient samples in hospital laboratories. The book reflects the work of all five disciplines of pathology: clinical chemistry, haematology, clinical microbiology, blood transfusion and cytopathology.

The text explains the physiological function of the substance being measured, details of reference ranges and the clinical significance of test results for diagnosis or patient monitoring. Those test results which warrant immediate clinical intervention are identified. Wherever possible, abnormal test results are related to symptoms. Sample collection and transport are dealt with under each test heading. Each chapter ends with discussion of a case study and questions to help students assess their understanding of the topic.

Key features:

* Takes an in-depth approach to understanding investigations.

* Emphasizes those aspects of laboratory testing most relevant to nurses.

*Includes practical information relating to sample collection and handling.

* Includes many illustrations to aid understanding.

* Includes case studies and self-assessment questions.

The primary audience for the book is degree and diploma nurses on clinical placements, qualified hospital nurses, intensive care nurses, clinical nurse specialists and nurses undertaking specialist post-basic courses (intensive care, diabetes etc). In addition, the book may be of interest to other healthcare professionals including hospital pharmacy workers, physiotherapists, radiographers, phlebotomists, and biomedical students wishing to pursue acareer in laboratory medicine.

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Provides nurses with essential information on the most frequently requested tests performed on patients in hospital laboratories, covering clinical chemistry, hematology, clinical microbiology, blood transfusion, and cytopathology. Explains the physiological function of the substance being measured, details reference ranges, and explains the clinical significance of test results for diagnosis and patient monitoring. Abnormal results are related to symptoms, and results which warrant immediate intervention are identified. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632042456
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 Introduction 1
1 An Introduction to Clinical Laboratories 3
2 Some Principles of Laboratory Testing 14
Pt. 2 Clinical Biochemistry Tests 38
3 Blood Glucose 35
4 Serum Sodium and Potassium 57
5 Urea, Creatinine and Creatinine Clearance 78
6 Blood Gases 91
7 Cholesterol and Triglycerides 115
8 Cardiac Enzymes 127
9 Tests of Thyroid Function 140
10 Liver Function Tests: Alanine transferase (ALT), gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT), alkaline phosphatase (AP), bilirubin and albumin 155
11 Serum Amylase 171
12 Drug Overdose: Serum salicylate and paracetamol 180
13 Therapeutic Drug Monitoring: Serum lithium, serum digoxin and serum theophylline 191
Pt. 3 Haematology Tests 203
14 Full Blood Count (FBC) - 1: Red blood cell count, haemoglobin and red cell indices 205
15 Full Blood Count (FBC) - 2: White cell count and differential 222
16 Tests of Haemostasis: Platelet count, prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (APPT) and thrombin time (TT) 235
17 Laboratory Investigation of Anaemia: Serum iron, total iron binding capacity, serum ferritin, serum B[subscript 12] and folate 249
18 Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) 263
Pt. 4 Blood Transfusion Testing 271
19 Blood transfusion testing: Blood grouping, antibody screen and crossmatch 273
Pt. 5 Microbiology Testing 295
20 Urine Microscopy Culture and Sensitivity 297
21 Blood Culture 312
Pt. 6 Histopathology Testing 327
22 Cervical ('Pap') Smear Test 329
Index of tests 343
General index 344
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