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Laboratory Testing for Ambulatory Settings

A Guide for Health Care Professionals

Learn the lab testing skills you need to know! Laboratory Testing for Ambulatory Settings: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, 2nd Edition provides in-depth coverage of the most common procedures and techniques of all the new CLIA waived, point-of-care tests along with some moderately complex tests. Clear, step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs make it easy to master each test and procedure. Written by noted educators Marti Garrels and Carol S. Oatis, this edition adds a new chapter on toxicology and information on five new procedures. A companion Evolve website lets you practice clinical laboratory skills.

Paperback, 352 Pages

Published: November 2010

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4377-1906-2


  • 1. Introduction to the Laboratory and Safety Training
    Fundamental Concepts
    Overview of the Laboratory
    Safety Training in the Laboratory
    2. Regulations, Microscope Set-up, and Quality Control
    CLIA: Government Regulations
    CLIA Levels of Complexity and Their Certification Requirements
    Microscope Procedure
    Preparation: Identifying the Parts and Functions of a Microscope
    Good Laboratory Practices
    Quality Control
    HIPAA Privacy Rule
    Risk Management
    Electronic Medical Records and Bar Coding
    3. Urinalysis
    Fundamental Concepts and Collection Procedures
    Anatomy of the Urinary System
    Urine Specimen Collection
    CLIA Waived Tests
    Advanced Concepts
    Microscopic Urinalysis
    Calculating a Microscopic Urinalysis
    4.  Blood Collection
    Fundamental Concepts
    Function and Structures of Blood Vessels
    Federal Law Concerning Safety Equipment
    Procedure Preparation
    Blood Collection Procedures
    Capillary Puncture
    Preparing Blood Specimens for Laboratory Pick Up
    Advanced Concepts
    Risk Management
    5. Hematology
    Fundamental Concepts
    Overview of Hematology and Blood
    Preparing a Blood Smear for Observation by Physician or Lab Tech
    Theory of Hemostasis
    Summary of Fundamental Concepts
    CLIA Waived Hematology Tests
    Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
    Prothrombin Time
    Becoming Proficient at CLIA Waived Hematology Tests
    Advanced Concepts
    Complete Blood Count
    Abnormal CBC Findings
    CLIA Nonwaived (Moderately Complex) Automated Hematology Systems
    6.  Chemistry
    Fundamental Concepts
    Blood Plasma
    Blood Chemistry Specimens
    Glucose Metabolism and Testing
    Lipid Metabolism and Testing
    CLIA Waived Chemistry Tests
    Principle of Photometers and Spectrophotometers
    CLIA Waived Glucose Tests
    Fecal Occult Blood Testing with the Guaiac Method
    Summary of CLIA Waived Tests
    Becoming Proficient at CLIA Waived Chemistry Testing
    Advanced Concepts
    Metabolic Panels: Basic and Comprehensive
    Individual Analytes and Their Disease Associations
    7.  Immunology
    Fundamental Concepts
    Overview of Immunology
    Two Types of Allergy Testing
    CLIA Waived Immunology Tests
    CLIA Waived Enzyme-Linked Immunoassays
    Pregnancy Testing
    Mononucleosis Testing
    Helicobacter pylori Testing
    Human Immmunodeficiency Virus
    Fecal Occult Blood Testing using iFOB Kits
    Advanced Concepts
    Agglutination Reactions (Non-CLIA Waived Tests)
    Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay: Quantitative Analysis
    Summary of Immunologic Tests
    8. Microbiology
    Fundamental Concepts
    Overview of Microbiology
    Collecting, Transporting, and Processing Microbiology Specimens
    Microbiology Smears, Stains, and Wet Mounts
    Pin Worm Specimen Collection and Microscopic Results
    CLIA Waived Microbiology Tests
    Streptococcus Group A Testing
    Advanced Concepts
    Growth Requirements of Bacteria
    Media Used for Growing Bacteria
    Microbiology Equipment
    Culturing Methods
    Biochemical Testing
    Sensitivity Testing
    Pathogenic Organisms Seen Frequently in Physician Office Laboratories
    Emerging Infectious Diseases
    9.  Toxicology  NEW!
    Fundamental Concepts
    Overview of Toxicology
    Drugs of Abuse
    CLIA Waived Drug Screening Tests
    Testing for drugs of abuse
    Advanced Concepts
    Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
    Drug Half-Life and Specimen Collection
    Other Toxicology Tests
    A. Reference Values
    B. Herb/Laboratory Test Interactions
    C. Common Laboratory Tests
    D. Frequent Medical Diagnoses and Laboratory Tests


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