This book addresses common medical errors seen in the clinical microbiology laboratory, such as test ordering and specimen collection, testing in the laboratory, and reporting and interpretation of test results. Potential medical errors are described and discussed in a clinical case-based learning format to effectively illustrate the conditions that contribute to these errors and enable the reader to recognize and avoid them in daily practice.
This book serves as a useful resource for busy laboratorians, who routinely encounter the situations detailed therein. It is also helpful for students, who need to learn how to recognize and avoid such situations, by providing expert guidance and examples of ways to keep these types of errors from potentially causing harm to patients.
The book covers a broad range of laboratory and diagnostic tests and studies that are delivered to varied patient populations in varied settings. Tests are grouped according to specimen and function/test type (e.g. blood, urine, stool, cerebrospinal fluid, etc.). Each test is described in detail, with step-by-step guidance on correct procedure, tips for accurate interpretation, and instructions for patient preparation and aftercare.
Subjects range from basics such as scientific notation and measuring and making solutions, to more complex activities like quantifying and designing nucleic acids and analyzing protein activity. Tips on how to present mathematical data and statistical analysis are included. A reference section features useful tables, conversion charts and "plug and chug" equations for experimental procedures.