The best selling reference for laboratory and diagnostic testing! This widely acclaimed resource features an easy-to-use format and proven, reliable content. Each detailed test entry includes normal findings, test explanation, pre-, intra- and post-procedure care, as well as abnormal findings. All the laboratory and diagnostic information you need, along with useful illustrations, make this a vital resource for you.Alphabetical presentation with A-to-Z thumb tabs for quick reference.Begins each test entry on a new page making tests of interest easy to find.Includes normal findings for adult (male and female), elderly, and pediatric patients where applicable to provide complete clinical data.Highlights possible critical values to alert the reader to situations requiring immediate intervention.Symbol next to drug-related interfering factors alerts the reader to the effects of pharmacologic agents on tests.Increased and decreased abnormal findings are highlighted with directional arrows.Icon for patient teaching-related care indicates information that should be shared with patients and their families.Home care responsibilities boxes provide important patient teaching guidelines and instructions for patients outside of acute care settings.Concludes each test with a notes section that enables readers to add their own information.User's Guide to Test Preparation and Performance provides an overview and guidelines for each type of laboratory test and diagnostic procedure to ensure safety and accuracy.Lists of tests by body system and test type allow the reader to quickly locate related studies.Abbreviations for tests are listed on the end papers and symbols and units of measurement are listed in an appendix.Twenty-five new test entries - including bioterrorism infectious agents, bladder cancer markers, breast ductal lavage, lipoprotein electrophoresis, SARS viral testing, sexual assault testing, and virtual colonoscopy - present the latest tests and procedures.Appendix C: Disease and Organ Panels lists the tests in 26 common panels, along with a page reference to the main discussion of each test.
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