Book Description: When you need to know the facts, turn to MOSBY'S DIAGNOSTIC AND LABORATORY TEST DATABASE. This comprehensive, up-to-date CD-ROM is packed with crucial information on laboratory and diagnostic tests. Each test description includes, as appropriate: alternate or abbreviated test names; type of test; normal findings; possible critical values; test explanation and related physiology; contraindications; potential complications; interfering factors; procedure and patient care; home care responsibilities; and abnormal findings. It's an indispensable reference for nursing students, practicing nurses, hospitals, home healthcare agencies and allied health professionals everywhere.Provides guidelines for each type of laboratory test and diagnostic procedure to ensure safety and accuracy in the "User's Guide to Test Preparation and Performance." Includes normal findings for adult, elderly, and pediatric patients to provide complete clinical data. Highlights possible critical values to alert the reader to situations requiring immediate intervention. Alerts the reader to the effects of pharmacologic-agents on tests with a special symbol next to drug-related interfering factors. Highlights increased and decreased abnormal findings with directional arrows. Allows the reader to locate related or similarly performed studies in useful lists of tests by body system and test type. Provides important patient teaching guidelines and instructions for patients outside of acute care settings in the "home care responsibilities" section of appropriate monographs. Presents the most current tests and procedures with 13 new monographs, including bone densitometry, breast cancer genetic screening, breast scintography, octreotride scan, and sleep studies. Offers thorough explanations of more than 600 laboratory and diagnostic tests, including normal and abnormal findings, contraindications, potential complications, interfering factors, and pre- to post-test patient care . Includes abbreviations for tests and for units of measurement in the appendices. Features a 30-day free trial of the full collection of clinical reference information loaded on the CD, including detailed drug information from Skidmore, Mosby's 1999 Nursing Drug Reference; IV drug information from Gahart's IV Medications, 15e; and descriptions of disease processes and usual treatments from Langford, Mosby's Handbook of Diseases. Offers the option of quickly and easily unlocking any or all of the three additional titles on the CD for just $29.95 per title by calling Mosby to purchase the content and obtain a password; hyperlinks among related content will be available for use when an additional title is unlocked, enabling quick and easy access to additional relevant information. Enables users to bookmark frequently used information to facilitate quick reference. Provides 30 days of free internet access. Includes a popular internet browser (Netscape) to view and locate information. Includes links to Mosby.com for useful clinical information as well as links to other important websites.