Written by a highly respected author in the lab and diagnostic test field, this resource explains in detail the clinica1 significance of tests and diagnostic procedures. Its comprehensive coverage is augmented by a strong emphasis on nursing care as applied to lab and diagnostic tests, and on the relationship between nursing diagnoses and nursing care. Both scholarly and practical, it is ideal for use in both classroom and clinical settings. Each chapter is organized as an independent study unit--complete with objectives, an organizing theme with background information (called an expository organizer), and test questions. NEW TO THE SIXTH EDITION Evidence-based practicewith extensive reference lists for each chapter Updates on tests and treatmentsthat provide the latest breakthroughs in diagnostic testing and treatment modalities Laboratory data updatessuch as issues on point-of-care testing, use of panic or critical values, and more Updated guidelines and diagnostic proceduresfor mammogram, revised Bethesda guidelines for reporting cervical cytology, sentinel node biopsies using radionuclides, and expanded use of CT and MRI scans 300 new referencesprovide the most current and reliable information KEY FEATURES Focus on the nurseexplains lab tests are used in nursing care and the nurse's role for diagnostic procedures Chapters grouped by possible nursing diagnoseswith objectives and review questions Reference values and wide range of examples of usefor entire life span and in a variety of settings Current NANDA nursing diagnoseswith specific nursing interventions for each test and procedure Medical diagnoses and medical interventionsthat include a discussion of usual medical intervention for a particular set of circumstances Part II includes four case studiesfor practice in critical thinking and interpretation of laboratory dataCorbett, Jane Vincent is the author of 'Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures With Nursing Diagnoses', published 2003 under ISBN 9780130493699 and ISBN 0130493694.