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Focus on Adult Health’s Handbook of Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests

Focus on Adult Health’s Handbook of Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests PDF

Focus on Adult Health’s Handbook of Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests PDF
 Author Linda H. Pellico
File size 6.5 MB
Year 2012
Pages 1608
Language English
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Category Free Medical Books
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The nurse’s prompt and accurate collection
of specimens is vital to the correct
diagnosis, treatment, and recovery
of the patient. Often, the nurse alone is
responsible for specimen collections; at
other times, the nurse’s responsibility
focuses on scheduling the patient’s tests,
assisting the health care provider in performing
them, and caring for the patient
afterward. Your clinical setting and
your facility’s policies, along with your
state’s nurse practice act, will determine
your responsibilities.
Patient Preparation
By thoroughly understanding the diagnostic
tests you’ll perform or assist with,
you’ll be better prepared to explain them
to the patient with clarity and compassion,
put the patient at ease, gain his trust
and cooperation, and thus ensure more
accurate results. Helping the patient
understand a procedure also paves the
way for consent that’s truly informed.
When preparing the patient, your
explanations should be clear, straightforward,
and complete. For example,
before a diffi cult or painful procedure,
such as a bone marrow biopsy, warn the
patient of the discomfort he’ll probably
feel, how long the procedure takes, and
when he can expect the results. By letting
him know exactly what to expect,
you can help him better tolerate such a
procedure.

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