This nursing-focused, easy-to-read handbook provides all of the information needed 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. This title includes Common Use header for each monograph to provide an at-a-glance description of what the test is for, presented in everyday language that can be quoted to patients; Header and expanded content for Patient Teaching; expanded content in each monograph on Patient Safety; diagnostic imaging monographs now with explanations of the reasons for the test result; Reference Ranges expressed in both conventional and SI units (with the SI unit conversion factor) that include age- and gender-specific variations when indicated; and normal variations due to cultural considerations; Interfering Factors identified including food, natural products, timing of test, handling of specimen, underlying patient conditions, and drugs that may interfere with the results of the test; and, Headers highlight "Sensitivity to Social and Cultural Issues" and "Nutritional Considerations" for each test, where appropriate. It also includes full-color tube top guide on the inside front and back covers; and, unique coverage of laboratory and diagnostic tests for subspecialties, such as maternity, therapeutic drug monitoring, nutrition and sensory.