Key Features

  • Comprehensive coverage of the most common CLIA waived tests prepares healthcare professionals for lab testing in the ambulatory setting.
  • A triad organization gives chapters a consistent, easy-to-follow format, with 1) fundamental concepts, 2) step-by-step instructions for CLIA waived procedures, and 3) advanced concepts that lead to a higher level of critical thinking and decision making.
  • A full-color atlas section shows common laboratory and diagnostic findings, including depictions of cells, casts, and crystals.
  • Learning objectives begin each chapter with goals for what you should accomplish, serve as checkpoints for comprehension and skills mastery, and provide a study tool in preparation for examinations.
  • Procedure boxes provide step-by-step instructions and full-color photos and illustrations for today’s commonly requested CLIA waived lab tests.
  • Key terms are listed and defined at the beginning of each chapter, as well as included in the book’s glossary.
  • Common abbreviations and acronyms associated with CLIA waived testing are listed and defined at the beginning of each chapter.
  • Review questions at the end of each chapter ask you to recall and assimilate the information you’ve learned.
  • A workbook matches the chapters in the textbook, offering activities and exercises to reinforce laboratory concepts, terminology, and procedures. Sold separately.
  • Expert author Marti Garrels brings years of on-the-job experience, an advanced MSA degree, dual degrees in medical technology and medical assisting, and classroom experience as an instructor and as a medical assisting program director.
  • References at the end of each chapter cite related websites for further reading and research.
  • An Evolve companion website includes various

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Laboratory and Safety Training
2. Regulations, Microscope Setup, and Quality Assurance
3. Urinalysis
4. Blood Collection
5. Hematology
6. Chemistry
7. Immunology
8. Microbiology
9. Toxicology
10. Electrocardiography and Spirometry  NEW!
A: Reference Values
B: Herb/Laboratory Test Interactions
C: Common Laboratory Tests
D: Frequent Medical Diagnosis and Laboratory Tests


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About the author

Marti Garrels

Marti Garrels, MSA, MTA (ASCP), CMA (AAMA) Medical Assisting Program Consultant Retired Medical Assisting Program Director Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland, Washington