Davis's Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications

Davis's Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications
7th Ed.
2017 © F. A. Davis Company
Anne M. Van Leeuwen MA, BS, MT (ASCP); Mickey Lynn Bladh RN, MSN
ISBN-10: 0-8036-5943-1 / ISBN-13: 978-0-8036-5943-8
eISBN-13: 978-0-8036-4483-0
Nursing, Diagnosis, Laboratory & Diagnosis, Point of Care


The information nurses need... when, where, and how they need it!

Nursing-focused and easy-to-read, this handbook delivers all of the information you need to understand how tests work, interpret their results, and provide quality patient care—pre-test, intra-test, and post-test.

Tests and procedures are listed in alphabetical order by their complete name for quick reference. The integrated index allows fast searches by abbreviation, synonym, disease/disorder, specimen type, or test classification. Plus, a Body Systems Appendix includes a list of common laboratory and diagnostic tests for each body system as well as nutrition-related lab tests.

Key Features:

  • • Fast Find: Lab and Dx—The complete F.A. Davis Lab & Diagnostic Test database online at DavisPlus.com
        o U.S. and Canadian content
        o Searchable and printable
        o Mobile and tablet friendly
  • • ‘Common Use’ for each monograph to provide an at-a-glance description of what the test is for, presented in everyday language that patients will understand.
  • • Monographs that focus on what you need to do before, during, and after each laboratory and diagnostic test, including...
  • • Patient Teaching
  • • Detailed coverage of patient safety
  • • “Sensitivity to Social and Cultural Issues” and “Nutritional Considerations,” where appropriate
  • • Diagnostic imaging monographs with explanations of the reasons for the test result.
  • • Pathophysiology information that explains why a lab test result is increased or decreased.
  • • Reference Ranges that are expressed in both conventional and SI units (with the SI unit conversion factor) and include age- and gender-specific variations when indicated and normal variations due to cultural considerations
  • • Interfering Factors, including food, natural products, timing of test, handling of specimen, underlying patient conditions, and drugs that may interfere with the results of the test
  • • Full-color tube top guide
  • • Unique coverage of laboratory and diagnostic tests for subspecialties, such as maternity, therapeutic drug monitoring, nutrition and sensory
  • • Cross referencing of related lab and diagnostic tests in every monograph
  • • "Body System" appendix that includes therapeutic drug monitoring and toxicology and nutrition-related lab tests

New to this edition:

  • • The most current information throughout
  • • Safe and Effective Nursing Care terminology in “Expected Patient Outcomes” sections
  • • New diagnostic studies, including fungal antibodies, bioelectric impedance analysis, prion disease, and West Nile virus
  • • Maple leaf icon pointing the way to enhanced Canadian content online in Fast Find: Lab & Dx tests, and much more

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Specialty Score: 3 Nursing - Laboratory
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"There are many diagnostic and laboratory books but few are as comprehensive as this one."

-- Carole Kenner, RNC, DNS, FAAN (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing) Doody's Review - a previous edition

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