Clinical Diagnostic Tests: How to Avoid Errors in Ordering Tests and Interpreting Results

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Clinical Diagnostic Tests is a convenient, quick-reference guide to common errors and pitfalls in test selection and result interpretation for practitioners and trainees in all areas of clinical medicine. Authored by recognized experts and educators in laboratory medicine, it provides timely, practical guidance about what to doóand what not to doófor practitioners ordering or interpreting clinical tests. Each topic features a concise overview and summary followed by a list of bulleted ìstandards of careî that will enable practitioners to quickly recognize and avert a potential problem.

Organized for easy access to critical information, this pithy guide addresses all major issues practitioners are likely to encounter during their day-to-day clinical work. It is intended for practitioners in pathology, laboratory medicine, primary care as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants. It is also a valuable resource for clinical trainees and students who need to learn effective, efficient use of the clinical lab in practice.

Key Features:

  • Provides practical guidance for avoiding common errors and pitfalls in lab test selection and interpretation

  • Includes pithy overviews and recommendations for quick reference

  • Written by expert authors and educators in laboratory medicine

  • Presents bulleted ìstandards of careî

  • Serves as a concise, to-the-point teaching guide

About the Author:

Michael Laposata, MD, PhD , is Chair of Pathology, Director of Division of Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Laboratories, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

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Publisher
Springer Publishing Company
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Published on
Jul 10, 2015
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Pages
310
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ISBN
9781617052620
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Language
English
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Genres
Medical / Laboratory Medicine
Medical / Pathology
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This content is DRM protected.
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Michael Laposata, MD, PhD
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Just as it is essential for the practitioner in the diagnosis of bleeding and thrombotic disorders to know the appropriate course of action to establish a diagnosis or to appropriately treat a patient, it is equally essential to also know what not to do. Avoiding the mistakes is a critical first step to optimizing patient outcome and maximizing patient safety.

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A Doody's Core Title 2012

Each day pathologists are faced with ordering laboratory tests with which they are unfamiliar. An incorrectly ordered test or error in interpreting test results can lead to mistakes that compromise patient safety.

Coagulation Disorders is designed to show clinical pathologists, lab managers, medical technologists, and residents how to avoid common errors in test selection and result interpretation in diagnostic coagulation. Utilizing a case-based approach, each chapter features a concise overview of a major diagnosis, with multiple illustrative cases, and then a list of recommended standards of care pertinent to the problem.

Just as it is essential for the practitioner in the diagnosis of bleeding and thrombotic disorders to know the appropriate course of action to establish a diagnosis or to appropriately treat a patient, it is equally essential to also know what not to do. Avoiding the mistakes is a critical first step to optimizing patient outcome and maximizing patient safety.

Features of Coagulation Disorders include: An emphasis on identifying established, evidence-based standards in coagulation testing Actual case illustrations of commonly seen errors as well as the result of those errors on patient outcome and laboratory management Examples of errors which compromise patient safety across all major areas of laboratory medicine Pocket-sized for portability

About the Series

A key issue for every laboratory and individual laboratory practitioner is the assessment of risk and a current working knowledge of the standards of care established for diagnostic testing via guidelines, major studies and trials. The Diagnostic Standards of Care series presents common errors associated with diagnoses in clinical pathology, using case examples to illustrate effective analysis based on current evidence and standards. In addition to being practical diagnostic guides, each volume demonstrates the use of quality assurance and the role of the pathologist in ensuring quality and patient safety.

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