Understanding Laboratory Investigations

A Guide for Nurses, Midwives and Health Professionals


Author: Chris Higgins

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118480120

Category: Medical

Page: 424

View: 378

The purpose of this book is to help nurses, midwives and health professionals to better understand how the work of clinical laboratories contributes to patient care. It answers the following questions: Why is this test being ordered on my patient? What sort of sample is required? How is that sample obtained? And most importantly: What is the significance of the test result for my patient? Retaining its accessible and user-friendly style, the aim of this book remains the same: to provide nurses with as much relevant information as possible about the most commonly requested laboratory rests. This is not a book about laboratory technique - its focus is on the clinical significance of test results, and therefore the patient. The third edition is more comprehensive in terms of the number of tests discussed, incorporates colour to aid the accessibility, and includes more paediatric content.

Routine Blood Results Explained 3/e

A guide for Nurses & Allied Health Professionals


Author: Dr Andrew Blann

Publisher: M&K Update Ltd

ISBN: 1905539886

Category: Blood

Page: 150

View: 7301

Now in its third edition, this essential handbook for nurses and allied health professionals gives clear, simple explanations of blood results, focusing on routinely requested investigations. There have been many changes since the second edition - from alterations in units (such as g/L for haemoglobin, rather than g/dL) to the merging of haematology with biochemistry, blood transfusion and immunology to form blood science. Accordingly, in this new edition there are more details of immunology, immunological diseases, and the blood tests involved.These changes reflect the new roles which nurses,

Blood Results in Clinical Practice


Author: Dr Graham Basten

Publisher: M&K Update Ltd

ISBN: 1905539738

Category: MEDICAL

Page: 80

View: 5524

This book was written after feedback suggested that stories and analogies were very helpful to students wanting to remember blood tests and their implications. For this reason each section, where appropriate, contains an analogy, in addition to an overview of the relevant anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. The book links tests and conditions, and gives strategies for clinical practice using simple language. It will be useful as a supplementary text for those studying nursing, healthcare and medicine. It will also provide a quick-reference handbook for working healthcare professionals. Finally, it will provide a resource for patients and their relatives who may be keen to know more about the meaning and function of a particular blood test. Contents include: Understanding blood tests Case study: Interpreting abnormal results The full blood count, anaemia and infection Coagulation and deep vein thrombosis Inflammatory markers Autoimmune conditions Transfusion testing Management of long-term conditions, chronic disease markers: Diabetes Management of long-term conditions, chronic disease markers: Cholesterol Management of long-term conditions, chronic disease markers: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and acid base Thyroid function Bone profile Renal function: Urea and electrolytes, and gout Liver function tests

Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests - E-Book


Author: Kathleen Deska Pagana,Timothy J. Pagana

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 0323446647

Category: Medical

Page: 1162

View: 7832

Writing care plans, understanding and performing tests, and interpreting test results is made easier with Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 6th Edition. This essential resource provides clear, concise overage of over 700 of the most commonly performed diagnostic and laboratory tests. Valuable in academic and clinical settings alike, it is beloved for its full-color design, user-friendly organization, and illustrations that help clarify keep concepts. Updated and streamlined content with new tests ensures you have the most relevant information. A new Diagnostic Testing for the Most Common Diseases section highlights the integration of medical testing as it relates to the top diseases or clinical syndromes. Tests are presented comprehensively and consistently, in a sequence that best simulates priorities in clinical practice. UNIQUE! Clinical Priorities boxes emphasize priorities and procedure considerations specific to understanding and performing tests. UNIQUE! Test Results and Clinical Significance sections describe the significance of the test findings and discuss the pathophysiology of the disease process and how it relates to the test result. UNIQUE! Home Care Responsibilities boxes focus on post-test factors for consideration. UNIQUE! Related Tests sections list additional tests related to the main test — including tests that provide similar information, confirmatory information, and other tests used to evaluate the same organ, disease process, or symptom complex. UNIQUE! Critical Values sections indicate test values of particular significance. UNIQUE! Icons indicate drugs that increase or decrease test values and patient teaching priorities. Age-Related Concerns boxes address pediatric and geriatric priorities. NEW and UPDATED! New tests have been added and outdated tests have been removed to reflect current best practices. NEW! A Diagnostic Testing for the Most Common Diseases section highlights the integration of medical testing as it relates to the top diseases or clinical syndromes.

Understanding Laboratory Investigations

A Text For Nurses And Health Care Professionals


Author: Chris Higgins

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780632042456

Category: Medical

Page: 348

View: 1977

Understanding Laboratory Investigations provides nurses with essential and easily digested information about the most frequently requested tests that are performed on patient samples in hospital laboratories. The book reflects the work of all five disciplines of pathology: clinical chemistry, haematology, clinical microbiology, blood transfusion and cytopathology. The text explains the physiological function of the substance being measured, details of reference ranges and the clinical significance of test results for diagnosis or patient monitoring. Those test results which warrant immediate clinical intervention are identified. Wherever possible, abnormal test results are related to symptoms. Sample collection and transport are dealt with under each test heading. Each chapter ends with discussion of a case study and questions to help students assess their understanding of the topic. Key features: * Takes an in-depth approach to understanding investigations. * Emphasizes those aspects of laboratory testing most relevant to nurses. *Includes practical information relating to sample collection and handling. * Includes many illustrations to aid understanding. * Includes case studies and self-assessment questions. The primary audience for the book is degree and diploma nurses on clinical placements, qualified hospital nurses, intensive care nurses, clinical nurse specialists and nurses undertaking specialist post-basic courses (intensive care, diabetes etc). In addition, the book may be of interest to other healthcare professionals including hospital pharmacy workers, physiotherapists, radiographers, phlebotomists, and biomedical students wishing to pursue a career in laboratory medicine.

Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation


Author: Drew Provan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191079278

Category: Medical

Page: 1008

View: 4422

With major advances in technology there are thousands of clinical and laboratory tests available, forming a key part of the diagnostic process in the highly complex field of modern medicine. This handbook provides a patient-orientated approach to investigation, with a comprehensive review of specialty-related tests. Written in the Oxford Handbook style, this book features references and up-to-date website links for extra clinical detail. This new edition has been revised to include the most recent developments in investigatory tests, with clear step-by-step instructions and updated illustrations to provide greater clarifying background to the text. Written by an experienced team of active clinicians, this is invaluable for junior doctors as a quick reference, as well as senior medical students preparing for examinations.

Haematology Nursing


Author: Marvelle Brown,Tracey Cutler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118276124

Category: Medical

Page: 288

View: 579

Haematology Nursing is a comprehensive handbook, with a nursing focus, on the care and management of patients with haematological disorders. Divided into four sections, the first provides an introduction to haematology, looking at haemopoiesis, immunology and genetics. Section Two covers non-malignant haematology, including anaemia, haemoglobinopathies and haemochromatosis. Section Three explores the pathophysiology, care and management of myeloproliferative and lymphoproliferative disorders, including leukaemia, myeloma, and lymphoma. The final section provides information on various nursing care interventions, including blood transfusion, venous access devices, and palliative care. Aimed principally at nurses working in a variety of settings including haematology/oncology wards, medical/haematology wards, specialist bone marrow transplant centres, and community settings, Haematology Nursing is an essential and much-needed reference guide.


Interpreting the Shadows


Author: Pat Croskerry,Karen Cosby,Mark L. Graber,Hardeep Singh

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 135165019X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 370

View: 935

Despite diagnosis being the key feature of a physician's clinical performance, this is the first book that deals specifically with the topic. In recent years, however, considerable interest has been shown in this area and significant developments have occurred in two main areas: a) an awareness and increasing understanding of the critical role of clinical decision making in the process of diagnosis, and of the multiple factors that impact it, and b) a similar appreciation of the role of the healthcare system in supporting clinicians in their efforts to make accurate diagnoses. Although medicine has seen major gains in knowledge and technology over the last few decades, there is a consensus that the diagnostic failure rate remains in the order of 10-15%. This book provides an overview of the major issues in this area, in particular focusing on where the diagnostic process fails, and where improvements might be made.

Intensive Care Nursing

A Framework for Practice


Author: Philip Woodrow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351864262

Category: Medical

Page: 24

View: 9208

Especially written for qualified nurses working in intensive care units, this comprehensive text has been developed to be as accessible as possible. This fourth edition has been revised throughout to ensure the evidence base is completely up to date and the content reflects contemporary best practice. Intensive Care Nursing is structured in user-friendly sections. The chapters contain sections outlining the "fundamental knowledge" needed to understand key chapters, "implications for practice" boxes, further reading and resources overviews, "time out" sections for revision and clinical scenarios with questions included. Reviewed throughout by experienced practitioners and teachers, it covers: patient-focused issues of bedside nursing; the technical knowledge necessary to care safely for ICU patients; the more common and specialised disease processes and treatments encountered; how nurses can use their knowledge and skills to develop their own and others' practice. Written by a practice development nurse with a strong clinical background in intensive care nursing and experience of teaching nursing, Intensive Care Nursing is essential reading for nurses and health professionals working with seriously ill patients, particularly those undertaking post-registration training in the area.

Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth

A Guide for Midwives and Doctors


Author: N.A

Publisher: World Health Organization

ISBN: 9241545879

Category: Medical

Page: 392

View: 5799

The emphasis of the manual is on rapid assessment and decision making. The clinical action steps are based on clinical assessment with limited reliance on laboratory or other tests and most are possible in a variety of clinical settings.

Leading Change


Author: John P. Kotter

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422186431

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 194

View: 4605

Offers advice on how to lead an organization into change, including establishing a sense of urgency, developing a vision and strategy, and generating short-term wins.

A Guide to Laboratory Investigations


Author: M. F. McGhee

Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing

ISBN: 1846192102

Category: Medical

Page: 186

View: 1648

This work interprets normal and abnormal laboratory results for the range of tests that have become part of everyday clinical practice. This edition outlines new tests, including PSA velocity and free/total PSA, and coeliac serology, and discusses new guidelines on specific clinical conditions.

Managing Newborn Problems

A Guide for Doctors, Nurses, and Midwives


Author: World Health Organization. Reproductive Health and Research

Publisher: World Health Organization

ISBN: 9241546220

Category: Medical

Page: 316

View: 2880

Every year throughout the world, about four million babies die before they reach one month old, most during the critical first week of life. Most of these deaths are a result of the poor health and nutritional status of the mother, combined with problems such as tetanus or asphyxia, trauma, low birth weight, or preterm birth. However, many of the conditions which result in perinatal death are preventable or treatable without the need for expensive technology. Against this background, this publication contains guidance on evidence-based standards for high quality care provision during the newborn period, considering the needs of mother and baby. It has been produced to assist countries with limited resources to reduce neonatal mortality. The information is arranged under four main headings: clinical assessment, findings and management; principles of newborn baby care; procedures; record keeping and essential equipment, supplies and drugs.


The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care


Author: Jennifer Block

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0738211826

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 7684

A groundbreaking narrative investigation of childbirth in the age of machines, malpractice, and managed care, Pushed presents the complete picture of maternity care in America. From inside the operating room of a hospital with a 44% Cesarean rate to the living room floor of a woman who gives birth with an illegal midwife, Block exposes a system in which few women have an optimal experience. Pushed surveys the public health impact of routine labor inductions, C-sections, and epidurals, but also examines childbirth as a women’s rights issue: Do women even have the right to choose a normal birth? Is that right being upheld? A wake-up call for our times, Block’s gripping research reveals that while emergency obstetric care is essential, we are overusing medical technology at the expense of maternal and infant health.

Patient Safety in Emergency Medicine


Author: Pat Croskerry,Karen S. Cosby

Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

ISBN: 9780781777278

Category: Medical

Page: 428

View: 3820

With the increased emphasis on reducing medical errors in an emergency setting, this book will focus on patient safety within the emergency department, where preventable medical errors often occur. The book will provide both an overview of patient safety within health care—the 'culture of safety,' importance of teamwork, organizational change—and specific guidelines on issues such as medication safety, procedural complications, and clinician fatigue, to ensure quality care in the ED. Special sections discuss ED design, medication safety, and awareness of the 'culture of safety.'

Nursing in Europe

A Resource for Better Health


Author: Jane Salvage,Serge Heijnen

Publisher: WHO Regional Office Europe

ISBN: 9789289013383

Category: Medical

Page: 278

View: 8653

A comprehensive report on the role and functions of nurses and midwives within the health systems of European countries including countries of central and eastern Europe (CCEE) and the newly independent states (NIS) of the former Soviet Union. The report

Midwifery & Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Review Guide


Author: Kelsey,Jamille Nagtalon-Ramos

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 1284118835

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 400

View: 6720

Preceded by: Midwifery and women's health nurse practitioner certification review guide / Beth M. Kelsey and Jamille Nagtalon-Ramos. Third edition. [2015].

British National Formulary


Author: British Medical Association Staff,Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain,British Medical Association,The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Of Great Britain Staff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780727917898

Category: Medicine

Page: 768

View: 4048

Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Children

Guidelines for the Management of Common Illnesses with Limited Resources


Author: World Health Organization

Publisher: Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd.

ISBN: 9789241546706

Category: Medical

Page: 378

View: 2290

This pocket book contains up-to-date clinical guidelines, based on available published evidence by subject experts, for both inpatient and outpatient care in small hospitals where basic laboratory facilities and essential drugs and inexpensive medicines are available. It is for use by doctors, senior nurses and other senior health workers who are responsible for the care of young children at the first referral level in developing countries. In some settings, these guidelines can be used in the larger health centres where a small number of sick children can be admitted for inpatient care.

Medical Records Manual

A Guide for Developing Countries


Author: Who Regional Office for the Western Pacific,World Health Organization. Regional Office for the Western Pacific

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789290610052

Category: Medical

Page: 90

View: 8258

This manual is aimed at helping medical record workers in the development and management of medical records services of health care facilities in developing countries in an effective and efficient manner. It has not been designed as an introductory text to medical record management, but rather as an aid to medical record officers (MROs) and medical record clerks by describing appropriate systems for Medical Records Departments in developing countries. It covers manual procedures and may be used as an adjunct to computerized systems. It does not provide all of the options for medical record management, but it does provide one option in each area for the management of medical records in developing countries. A list the textbooks that provide detailed information on medical record management is also provided.