Davis's Comprehensive Manualof Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications

Davis's Comprehensive Manualof Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications
9th Ed.
2021 © F. A. Davis Company
Anne M. Van Leeuwen MA, BS, MT (ASCP); Mickey Lynn Bladh, RN, MSN
ISBN-13: 978-1-7196-4058-9
eISBN-13: 978-1-7196-4060-2
Nursing, Advanced Practice Nursing, Allied Health, Diagnosis, Laboratory & Diagnosis, Point of Care


Key Features:

  • • “Potential Nursing Problems” tables within many studies that present problems, signs and symptoms, and interventions related to the study
  • • ‘Common Use’ for each study to provide an at-a-glance description of what the test is for, presented in everyday language that patients will understand
  • • Studies that focus on what you need to do before, during, and after each laboratory and diagnostic test, including…
          o Patient Teaching
          o Detailed coverage of patient safety
          o “Sensitivity to Social and Cultural Issues” and “Nutritional Considerations,” where appropriate
  • • Diagnostic imaging studies 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
  • • Unique coverage of laboratory and diagnostic tests for subspecialties, such as maternity, therapeutic drug monitoring, nutrition and sensory

New to This Edition:

  • • Thoroughly reviewed, revised, and updated to reflect the most current information, terminology, and changes in healthcare
  • • NEW! Emphasis on Clinical Judgment with “Nursing Implications, Nursing Process, Clinical Judgment” section added to draw attention to the clinical judgment aspect of care
  • • Introduction of a Student Decision Making Model that helps learners visualize critical thinking and clinical judgment
  • • More than 15 new studies related to titles already presented, including salivary cortisol, 24-hour urine free cortisol; blood group genotyping; galectin -3, ST-2 soluble; sdLDL particles, LDL particle size, LDL particle number; Rh genotyping; 14-3-3 eta protein rheumatoid factor); sensitive troponin assays; and others
  • • New coverage of sensitive issues that nurses encounter in real-life practice such as patient decisions on childhood vaccinations, caring for victims of sexual assault, and how to describe maternal markers to screen for generic defects.
  • • Coverage of implantable devices and wearable technologies

Doody's Reviews

Doody's Core Titles (DCT)
Essential Purchase Title (EPT)
Score: 94/100
4/5 Stars
Specialty Score: 3 Nursing - Laboratory
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This updated compact reference guide to laboratory and diagnostic tests is useful for all nurses and nursing students who care for patients. It provides information on how nurses can use test results to provide safe and effective care. The online database makes searching for information fast and easy."

-- Beth Gough, MSN (Monmouth University School of Nursing and Health Studies) Doody's Review

"This manual is a comprehensive and valuable resource for nurses and student nurses. The many tables illustrate priority nursing interventions and are highlighted and detailed. This emphasis on nursing interventions is extremely valuable."

-- Joan Raso, MSN, RN (Monmouth University School of Nursing and Health Studies) Doody's Review - previous edition

"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


This is a valuable and comprehensive tool that can be used by student nurses as well as professional nurses in practice. It does not focus on any particular specialty.

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