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

Davis's Comprehensive Manualof Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications
10th Ed.
2023 © F. A. Davis Company
Anne M. Van Leeuwen MA, BS, MT (ASCP); Mickey Lynn Bladh, RN, MSN
ISBN-13: 978-1-7196-4612-3
eISBN-13: 978-1-7196-4614-7
Nursing, Advanced Practice Nursing, Allied Health, Diagnosis, Laboratory & Diagnosis, Point of Care


Supports nursing practice and clinical judgment better than any other manual!
Written by a laboratory scientist and a nurse educator, this easy-to-read, full-color manual delivers all the information you need to understand how tests work, interpret their results, and provide quality patient care—pre-test, intra-test, and post-test.

With its unique focus on clinical judgment, this guide provides interpretive guidance on the reasons for the studies and explains why they are important, and what it means for nurses and the care they provide to their patients. 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.

Key Features:

  • • A focus on Clinical Judgment with “Nursing Implications, Nursing Process, Clinical Judgement” sections to draw attention to the clinical judgment aspect of care, plus a clinical judgment icon in each “Nursing Implications” section
  • • “Student Decision-Making Model” to help learners visualize critical thinking and clinical judgment
  • • “Potential Nursing Problems” tables within many studies that present problems, signs and symptoms, and interventions related to the study
  • • ‘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…
          o Patient teaching
          o Detailed coverage of patient safety
          o “Sensitivity to Social and Cultural Issues” and “Nutritional Considerations,” where appropriate
  • • Diagnostic imaging monographs with explanations of the reasons for the test results
  • • 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 specimens, 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
  • • Cross-referencing of the related lab and diagnostic tests in every monograph

New to This Edition:

  • Updated! The most current information, terminology, and changes in health care and how the content relates to nurses
  • New! “Core Lab Study” labels identifying 35 need-to-know, clinically significant laboratory studies that you will see frequently in practice
  • New! “Clinical Judgment” statement at the end of every entry to help you recognize the value of nursing wisdom in relieving physical pain and the emotional distress associated with diagnoses and their related studies
  • New! Current Trends in Health Care appendix with examples of approved and developing applications of technology specific to health
  • New! Instructor Resources that help engage learners, create an active learning environment, test clinical judgment, and prepare students for the Next Gen NCLEX®

Doody's Reviews

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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 - previous edition

"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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