MOSBY'S RAPID REFERENCE TO DIAGNOSTIC AND LABORATORY TESTS presents the latest information on the most commonly performed laboratory and diagnostic tests in a portable, up-to-date clinical handbook. Tests are organized consistently and alphabetically for quick reference in the clinical setting. Each test includes: alternate or abbre-viated test names; type of test; normal findings; possible critical values; test explanation; contraindications; potential complications; interfering factors; procedure and patient care (before, during, and after); and abnormal findings.· Organizes tests alphabetically with A-to-Z thumb tabs for quick reference in the clinical setting. · Created in a handy pocket size, so it can be carried in the clinical area and referred to on-the-spot. · Begins each test or procedure monograph on a new page making each monograph easy to find. · Includes normal findings for adult, elderly, and pediatric patients, providing 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 unique symbol next to drug related interfering factors. · Highlights increased and decreased abnormal findings with directional arrows. · Concludes each test with a "Notes" section that enables the reader to add needed information relevant to a specific institution. · Lists abbreviations for tests and for units of measurement in the appendixes. · Incorporates a two-color design throughout, which highlights important information and enhances the visual appeal.