Portable Diagnostic Tests by Springhouse

By Springhouse

Portable Diagnostic Tests is a compact powerhouse of scientific details on specimen assortment and diagnostic attempt interpretation. Our nurse-experts have taken care of during the mass of medical info and centred in on what nurses desire so much in day-by-day perform. This need-to-know info is gifted in an easy-to-use, concise structure for time-starved nurses, with bullets, lists, and enormous quantities of illustrations, charts, diagrams, and photographs.

The first part supplies step by step directions on present specimen assortment methods—information frequently discovered simply in strategy manuals. the second one part essentially explains hundreds and hundreds of diagnostic exams, together with education, general values, irregular values, easy-to-identify quandary values, and nursing considerations.

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Inform the patient that the test requires a venipuncture. ◆ Advise the patient that he may experience slight discomfort from the tourniquet and needle puncture. Elevated levels ◆ Chronic inflammatory disease (for example, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus) ◆ Acute inflammatory disease ◆ Malignancy During the test Nursing implications ◆ Report abnormal findings to the venipuncture site until bleeding stops. ◆ Perform the venipuncture according to protocol. After the test ◆ Apply direct pressure to the practitioner.

Antegrade pyelography Normal findings ◆ Uniformly filled upper collecting system that’s normal in size and course ◆ Clearly outlined normal structures Abnormal findings Before the test ◆ Confirm the patient’s identity using two patient identifiers according to facility policy. ◆ Explain to the patient that the anion gap test is used to determine the cause of acidosis. ◆ Tell the patient that the test requires a blood sample. ◆ Advise the patient that he may experience slight discomfort from the tourniquet and needle puncture.

Explain to the patient that he may experience slight discomfort from the tourniquet and the needle puncture. qxd 22/8/08 13:04PM Page 33 ALDOSTE RON E (SE R U M, U R I N E) Nursing implications ◆ Report abnormal findings to the practitioner. ◆ Prepare the patient for further testing to confirm his diagnosis. ◆ Educate the patient about his disease and possible treatment options. ◆ Because aldosterone levels affect sodium levels, educate the patient about his salt and water intake. Decreased levels ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ Primary hypoaldosteronism Salt-losing syndrome Eclampsia Addison’s disease Nursing implications ◆ Report abnormal findings to the practitioner.

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