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Essential Clinical Procedures

Written by foremost experts in the field, the 2nd Edition of this concise, well-organized text presents the latest common diagnostic and treatment-related procedures that you need to know. Its clear and concise hands-on guidance takes you step by step through the "how-to's" of more than 70 procedures. You'll also find important information on what needs to be done before and immediately following a procedure. It also provides the background and rationale behind each procedure. A host of supporting information in areas such as patient education, informed consent, billing, and delivering bad news ensures that you have all of the information you need to deliver the best and safest care to your patients.

Physician Assistants and PA students, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Nursing Students, Medical Assistants, and other allied health workers and students.


Published: December 2006

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4160-3001-0


  • 1. Informed Consent

    2. Standard Precautions

    3. Sterile Technique

    4. Blood Pressure Measurement

    5. Venipuncture

    6. Obtaining Blood Cultures

    7. Inserting Intravenous Catheters

    8. Arterial Puncture

    9. Injections

    10. Recording an Electrocardiogram

    11. Exercise Stress Testing for the Primary Care Provider

    12. Endotracheal Intubation

    13. Office Pulmonary Function Testing

    14. Nasogastric Tube Placement

    15. Lumbar Puncture

    16. Urinary Bladder Catheterization

    17. Clinical Breast Examination

    18. The Pelvic Examination and Obtaining a Routine Papanicolaou’s Smear

    19. Examination of the Male Genitalia

    20. Joint and Bursal Aspiration

    21. Casting and Splinting

    22. Local Anesthesia

    23. Wound Closure

    24. Dermatologic Procedures

    25. Incision and Drainage of an Abscess

    26. Wound Dressing Techniques

    27. Cryosurgery

    28. Treating Ingrown Toenails

    29. Draining Subungual Hematomas

    30. Anoscopy

    31. Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

    32. Removal of Cerumen and Foreign Bodies from the Ear

    33. Corneal Abrasion and Ocular Foreign Body Removal

    34. Endometrial Biopsy

    35. Foot Examination of the Diabetic Patient

    36. Procedural Sedation

    37. Patient Education Concepts

    38. Outpatient Coding

    39. Documentation

    40. Giving Sad and Bad News


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