Title: Understanding Laboratory Investigations: A Guide for Nurses, Midwives and Health Professionals, 3rd Edition (2013)
Author: Chris Higgins
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Reviewer: Phil Jevon, medical education, Manor Hospital, Walsall
What was it like?
Trying to understand laboratory investigations has always been a particular interest of the reviewer. Knowing when particular tests should or should not be ordered, as well as understanding the significance of the results, is helpful. The third edition of this book provides nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals with the necessary information on the common laboratory investigations. The emphasis is on how the results of such investigations contribute to the care and management of the patient. Even the practicalities of ordering particular investigations are covered.
What were the highlights?
New additions to the third edition include:
- Increased number of case histories
- Bullet point learning objectives at the start of each chapter (provide structure)
- Paediatric considerations
- A broadened focus to include midwives
- Chapters and references updated throughout
- A new chapter discussing screening for specific diseases (both neonatal and adult screening)
Who should read it?
The reviewer recommends this accessible and user-friendly style book to all nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals.