Understanding Laboratory Investigations

Author: Chris Higgins
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118480120
Release Date: 2012-12-14
Genre: Medical

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

Author: Dr Andrew Blann
Publisher: M&K Update Ltd
ISBN: 9781905539888
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Blood

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: 9781905539734
Release Date: 2013

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
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 9780323446648
Release Date: 2017-10-08
Genre: Medical

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

Author: Chris Higgins
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 0632042451
Release Date: 2000-10-27
Genre: Medical

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: 9780191079276
Release Date: 2018-02-08
Genre: Medical

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
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118276129
Release Date: 2012-03-06
Genre: Medical

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.

Intensive Care Nursing

Author: Philip Woodrow
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351864268
Release Date: 2018-09-26
Genre: Medical

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.


Author: Pat Croskerry
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781351650199
Release Date: 2017-09-19
Genre: Technology & Engineering

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.

A Guide to Laboratory Investigations

Author: M. F. McGhee
Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing
ISBN: 9781846192104
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Medical

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.

Leading Change

Author: John P. Kotter
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 9781422186435
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Business & Economics

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.

Clinical Skills for Nurses

Author: Claire Boyd
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118448762
Release Date: 2013-04-22
Genre: Medical

Specifically designed for student nurses, Clinical Skills for Nurses provides a handy, portable introduction to both the knowledge and practical procedures that first year nursing students require. Giving you the knowledge behind the skill, this book will boost your confidence and competence for your clinical placements and time in the clinical skills lab. Clinical Skills for Nurses covers the skills and procedures used most frequently in clinical practice, and includes Point of Care training; blood transfusion and tracheotomy care; continence and bowel care; and early patient assessment and response. This book uniquely incorporates words of wisdom and advice from real-life student nurses; in other words: developed by students, for students! Special features: Tips, advice and words of wisdom from real-life students included throughout Pocket sized for portability on your clinical placement Clear, straightforward, and jargon-free Ties in with the NMC standards for pre-registration education and the Essential Skills Clusters Examples and questions based on real life nursing & healthcare examples

Clinical Examination Skills for Healthcare Professionals

Author: Mark Ranson
Publisher: M&K Update Ltd
ISBN: 9781907830716
Release Date: 2014-01-02
Genre: Medical

Today, an increasing number of healthcare professionals (including nurses, midwives and members of many allied professions) have to conduct the vital first stage in a patient’s journey – taking a clinical history and conducting an effective physical examination. This book offers clear, practical guidance on the fundamentals of clinical examination for any practitioner who wishes to understand their patient’s specific needs and to plan appropriate care. Recognising that readers will come from a diverse range of clinical backgrounds and roles, the opening chapter (on consultation and the skills needed to take an accurate clinical history) underpins the systems-based approach. This, combined with the use of case study examples, allows healthcare professionals to focus on the principles of examining the system or systems that are most relevant to their specific area of practice. The book also includes a helpful glossary and list of abbreviations. The authors come from the same diverse range of professions for whom the book has been written, and their wealth of knowledge and experience enables them to understand the challenges facing today’s healthcare professionals. Contents include: Consultation and clinical history-taking skills Respiratory assessment Cardiovascular assessment Gastrointestinal assessment Neurological assessment Genitourinary assessment Musculoskeletal assessment Obstetric assessment Mental health assessment Perioperative assessment

Managing Newborn Problems

Author: World Health Organization. Reproductive Health and Research
Publisher: World Health Organization
ISBN: 9789241546225
Release Date: 2003-12-31
Genre: Medical

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.