With up-to-date, clinically relevant information, Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference, 8th Edition is the perfect user-friendly guide to everything you need to know about laboratory and diagnostic tests. Test entries are organized alphabetically, making it perfect for quick reference, and extensive page references help tie together related tests and studies. Each test entry includes, where relevant: 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 (before, during, and after); and abnormal findings. Related tests are extensively cross-referenced throughout the book. Plus, the book's small, portable size and durable cover make it a handy, on-the-spot reference.Possible critical values are highlighted to alert the reader to situations requiring immediate intervention.A symbol next to drug-related interfering factors highlight 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.Each test concludes 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.17 new test entries-including Ductoscopy, Thyroglobulin, Lactoferrin, and Human Papillomavirus-present the latest tests and procedures.