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Delmar's Guide to Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 3rd Edition

  • Rick Daniels
  • ISBN-10: 1285053133
  • ISBN-13: 9781285053134
  • 1024 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2002
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

GUIDE TO LABORATORY AND DIAGNOSTIC TESTS: ORGANIZED ALPHABETICALLY, Third Edition, provides essential information on more than 600 lab and diagnostic tests within a single, convenient volume. This all-in-one resource presents detailed, accurate information in an accessible, easy-to-use format. Trusted by professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, medical technology, and more, this clear, concise guide enables users to quickly access critical information on tests and procedures while maintaining a strong focus on patient care. Now updated to reflect the latest research, trends, and best practices, the new third edition is an ideal resource for students and professionals alike.


  • Completely indexed and fully cross-referenced, the text includes three indexes offering alternate ways to access information quickly based on individual needs and preferences, whether a user wants to look up information by test type, pertinent body systems, or a simple alphabetical list of test names and their synonyms.

  • Dedicated chapters provide essential information on key principles and practices related to laboratory and diagnostic testing as a whole, while introductory information for each type of test provides additional, specific context.

  • Listings for each test include information and recommendations on appropriate nursing care before, during, and after the test, reinforcing a strong emphasis on effective patient care to complement procedure-specific details.

  • Test listings include web addresses so users can easily access additional, up-to-the-moment information about the alteration assessed by the test.

  • Developed by contributors from the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, and Canada, the text reflects a useful "global" perspective for modern professionals practicing in our increasingly interconnected world.

About the Author

Rick Daniels

Rick Daniels, R.N., Col. (ret.), Ph.D., administers clinical practicum courses in acute and critical care nursing. Currently an associate professor at Oregon Health and Science University, School of Nursing, Daniels has taught nursing in associate, baccalaureate, and graduate schools, as well as R.N. degree completion programs. He has also taught many adult health and illness seminars and has presented at numerous national organizations, including forums for nurse educators. Throughout his accomplished career as an educator, Daniels has kept his clinical practice current as a Colonel in the United States Army, Army Reserves, and National Guard, retiring in August 2012 after 28 years of service. An active researcher, Daniels has received four successive fundings with the Department of the Army to implement health promotion programs with National Guardsmen. The author of multiple textbooks, he also publishes in nursing journals and holds membership in numerous professional nursing organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau and the American Nurses Association. Daniels obtained his bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Oregon Nursing School, his master of science degree in nursing from the University of San Diego, and his doctor of philosophy degree in nursing from the University of Texas in Austin.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding and Using the Guide.
2. The Ever-Expanding Role of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests.
3. Standard Precaustions.
4. Case Study Presentation.
List of References.
Appendix A: Abbreviation List.
Appendix B: Venipuncture and Skin Puncture Procedures.
Appendix C: Cancer Tumor Markers and Laboratory Tests Used in the Monitoring of Malignant tumors.
Appendix D: Therapeutic Blood Levels of Selected Drugs.
Appendix E: Blood Sample for Central Line.
Appendix F: Reference Laboratory Values.
Appendix G: Routine Serum Electrolytes.
Appendix H: Selected International Perspectives on Diagnotic Testing.
List of Tests by Body System and Function.
Lists of Test by Type.
General Index.

New to this edition

  • Throughout the text, entries have been updated with current information based on relevant research findings and recommended best practices.
  • Reflecting recent and ongoing changes in clinical practice, The Third Edition includes information on numerous new tests and procedures that have become increasingly common or important, while tests that have grown less pertinent to modern medicine have been removed.
  • New case studies in the current edition present accurate, up-to-date scenarios for nursing practice, providing valuable real-world perspective on the practical applications of key laboratory and diagnostic tests.