Key Features

  • Alphabetical organization of the laboratory tests (featuring alphabetical thumb tabs) makes every test easy to find.
  • Also Called sections feature synonyms and abbreviations that help you identify specific tests.
  • Purpose of the Test states the indications of each test.
  • Basics the Nurse Needs to Know offers an explanation of each test in clear, simple language.
  • Normal Values in standard and SI units include variations for gender and age, where relevant.
  • How the Test is Done succinctly describes how each test is performed.
  • Significance of Test Results list the diseases and disorders that are associated with abnormal findings.
  • Interfering Factors list the factors, such as drugs, herbs, and improper specimen collection and handling, that inadvertently affect test results.
  • Nursing Care is divided into Pretest, During the Test, and Posttest, listing in detail what the nurse does in the testing process.
  • Nursing Response to Critical Values and Nursing Response to Complications detail what you should be alert for before, during, and after the test and how to manage dangerous situations.
  • Explicit incorporation of nursing concerns related to lab tests can only be found in this lab book.

Table of Contents

Part I: Nursing Responsibilities in Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures

1. The Nursing Role

2. Specimen Collection Procedures

Part II: Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures

Individual Tests are Presented Here in Alphabetical Order


A. Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

B. Toxic Substances

C. Abbreviations Associated with Laboratory Tests

D. Common Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests for Frequently Occurring Medical Diagnoses




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