Providing more tests than any other reference of its kindover 900 in all, including more than thirty that are all-new to this editionthis outstanding book offers an alphabetical list of hundreds of diseases, conditions, and symptoms, as well as virtually every laboratory and diagnostic test available to clinicians today! Every test entry is up-to-date, concise, complete, and consistently presented. Plus, the book's ease-of-use and clear test descriptions make it an excellent choice for nursing students and primary care providers, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and medical doctors. A list of more than 600 diseases and symptoms is providedalong with the tests used to confirm themto help readers know what tests to order for their clients. More than 900 laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures are included. That's more than another other diagnostic and lab test reference on the market! Tests are organized alphabetically, with alphabetical thumb tabs, to provide fast and easy access to vital information. Extensive cross-referencing is provided for alternative test names and acronyms. Tests for toxic substances are includedalong with panic level symptoms and treatment for dangerously elevated levelsmaking this a lab, diagnostic, and toxicology book all in one! Age and gender-specific norms are incorporated, where applicable, for complete life-span coverage. Panic Level Symptoms and Treatment for dangerously decreased and increased levels are provided in the event of an emergency situation. Risks and Contraindications are presented in boxes to highlight this crucial information. The minimum volumes for blood samples are indicated for clients in whom blood preservation is essential. Entries also indicate whether blood specimens can be drawn during hemodialysis. Entries state whether or not a separate special consent form is generally required for each test, to provide this important medico-legal information. Guidance on client and family teaching helps readers offer useful instruction concerning test preparation and follow-up care. Information on herbal and other natural remedies that affect test results is included, along with indications for screening clients for their use. All herbal information is from researched and documented sources. Abbreviations, measurement prefixes, and symbols are listed at the end of the book for added convenience. More than 30 new test entries present the latest tests and procedures. An all-new 2-color design highlights vital information and enhances the book's visual appeal. The most relevant tests for each disease are now identified with a special icon.Chernecky, Cynthia C. is the author of 'Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures', published 2003 under ISBN 9780721603889 and ISBN 0721603882.