Barb Bancroft's approach to interpreting lab tests is a "must hear" for nurses in all areas and nurses at all levels. You will leave the seminar with a plethora of practical pearls that can be applied to your patients in the hospital, in the primary care facility, or in the ICU. The WBC and differential is discussed as it relates to viral infections, bacterial infections, and parasitic infections. Iron deficiency anemias will be differentiated from B12 and folic acid anemias—and, Barb will give you some helpful hints for patients with lead as a cause of anemia. The lipid profile will be discussed as will liver function tests and clinical correlations. Barb will also correlate various drugs with their effects on lab tests, including chemotherapy, antibiotics, statins, and other lipid-lowering agents.
White counts, liver function tests, TSH, electrolytes, platelets, serum creatinine...how do drugs change the interpretation of lab tests in a patient and how do we monitor specific drugs based on lab test changes? What drugs cause low sodium? Can prescription drugs as well as complementary therapies wreak havoc with potassium levels? What should the sed rate do when antibiotic treatment is initiated? What drugs "kill" the thyroid? A myriad of drugs induce direct liver injury—what are the most common prescription and non-prescription drugs that cause liver damage? What drugs and supplements affect lipid metabolism? What should the TSH do once a patient begins thyroid replacement? Why do ACE inhibitors increase the serum creatinine? Which lab test should be used tomonitor muscle aches and pains in patients on "statin" therapy? What drugs are notorious for reducing platelet counts? What drugs cause megaloblastic anemia? Heck, what IS megaloblastic anemia? Which drugs induce life threatening neutropenia? How does Neulasta work? You'll not only understand the effects of drugs on lab tests—you'll also finally understand LAB TESTS! (website)
Clinicians have long relied upon diagnostic tests for 'evidence' of the presence or absence of a disease or a condition while policy makers evaluate the value of a particular diagnostic test. This text examines the methodological basis to the synthesis of diagnostic test accuracy data and describes the processes involved in the conduct of a diagnostic test accuracy systematic review.