McGraw-Hill’s manual of laboratory & diagnostic tests by Denise D. Wilson

By Denise D. Wilson

Critical trying out info and key medical protocols within the palm of your hand

McGraw-Hill's handbook of Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests focuses particularly on what you must understand to appreciate the try, teach the sufferer, and supply secure, powerful care prior to, in the course of, and after the attempt. furthermore, this easy-to-use scientific better half is the single textual content to actively contain evidence-based perform good points all through, either in attempt monographs and appendices-a significant virtue that reinforces your skill to use the book's content material for your day-by-day practice.


  • A cohesive 5-part association overlaying the entire diversity of laboratory exams, diagnostic exams, laboratory/diagnostic tests of physique functionality, schooling, and screening
  • Time-saving alphabetical association of exams with convenient thumb tabs
  • Full-color icons that spotlight the association of every attempt, and obviously establish vital good points all through
  • Skill-sharpening references to nationwide instructions, together with JCAHO
  • Full insurance of scientific interventions/implications
  • Essential insights into the potential meanings of irregular values and contraindications
  • Key references that pertain to evidence-based perform
  • Timely appendix at the expanding use of evidence-based perform
  • Critical sufferer educating information

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Procedure • • A 7-mL blood sample is drawn in a red-top collection tube for determination of the electrolytes. Gloves are worn throughout the procedure. Posttest • • • Apply pressure at venipuncture site. Apply dressing, periodically assessing for continued bleeding. Label the specimen and transport it to the laboratory. Report abnormal findings to the primary care provider. Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) Test Description Peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) affects approximately 18% of people over age 70.

Not to be redistributed or modified in any way without permission. AMINOLEVULINIC ACID 27 A Interventions/Implications Pretest • • • Explain 24-hour urine collection procedure to the patient. Stress the importance of saving all urine in the 24-hour period. Instruct the patient to avoid contaminating the urine with toilet paper or feces. Inform the patient that there is no preservative in the collection bottle. It must be refrigerated during and after collection. The container should be wrapped in aluminum foil to protect the specimen from light.

If a physical disorder prevents this conversion from occurring, the ammonia accumulates in the bloodstream. Toxic levels of ammonia in the blood lead to a problem known as hepatic encephalopathy, in which brain function is affected by the high ammonia levels. Correlation between plasma ammonia and the degree of encephalopathy can be erratic. For example, an individual with very high blood ammonia may show minimal or no effect while another may be greatly affected. The test can be used to determine whether liver dysfunction is the cause of such symptoms as confusion, excessive sleepiness, coma, or hand tremor.

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