Access the clinically relevant information you need easily in any setting with Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference, Ninth Edition. This best-selling handbook provides concise coverage of tests without sacrificing important details. 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. With its simple format and portable size, this is a handy reference you'll always want by your side.
Tests are organized alphabetically with A-to-Z thumb tabs for quick reference.
UNIQUE! Each test entry begins on a new page, making tests easy to find. Normal findings for adult (male and female), elderly, and pediatric patients are included where applicable to provide complete clinical data. Possible critical values are highlighted to alert you to situations requiring immediate intervention. Symbol next to drug-related interfering factors alerts you 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 to share with patients and their families. UNIQUE! Each test concludes with a "Notes” section where you can add your 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 you 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. UNIQUE! Durable cover with round edges helps prevent the book from being damaged and makes it easier to handle.
Over 40 NEW tests, including CT of the Heart, Intravascular Ultrasound, Newborn Metabolic Screening, and Platelet Closure Time, present the latest information on diagnostic and laboratory testing.
By Gina Cat "Gina Cat" - July 30, 2010
I got this book because I am a nursing student and I thought it would supplement my classes. I had no idea exactly how useful it would be. This is the PERFECT reference for every test. It gives more information than my textbooks even give. It doesn't only contain lab draws but also colonoscopy, CT scans etc. It doesn't skimp on information. The book is physically on the smaller side, which is good because you can keep it with you when you need it. However, it contains all of the information you need regarding testing.
The book provides how the test is performed, normal ranges for adults, older adults, and children, as well as a narrative description of the purpose and procedure of the test. This description can range from a half page to 5 or 6 pages of very useful, concise information. It gives a great picture of what the test consists of and what is being evaluated. Pagana & Pagana also describe what might cause variations in test results. Finally, at the end of each entry... read more
Good but not great
By Christina Thi - November 16, 2010
Nice small size, but I can't say it has everything I could ask for. I would say I can find about 60-70% of what I'm looking for with this book. The rest of the time I still need to search the Internet. Sometimes I feel like one particular website is a better resource. I am in dietetics.
Must have nursing book
By S. Crane - November 6, 2010
Bought this book for nursing school. It has really helped me along so far.
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