Looking for a good Diagnostic Lab results book...

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    Good Morning all:

    I know there are a plethora of lab results books floating out there in the book stores; my question however is this:

    In your personal and professional opinion which Diagnostic and Lab result book has helped you the most?

    Thanks!
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    For an Emergency application? Is this for knowing labs results, normals and criticals?
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    Actually, any generalized application: ER, CCU, Med/Surg...

    Just looking for lab summaries and values; CBC, Cardiac markers, Hepatic function panels, etc...

    Typically a nursing diagnostic manual will have many labs, explanations, and results not specific to any one specialty. I've just found so many on the internet and from search sites that I simply would like to find a good quality one that nurses use on a regular basis.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


    Thankx!!
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    I know it's not a book, but MDezLabs is a great app for the ipod/iphone, has every lab test imaginable, plus possible reasons for increases/decreases.
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    I know it's not a book, but MDezLabs is a great app for the ipod/iphone, has every lab test imaginable, plus possible reasons for increases/decreases.
    I like this one too. The best book is the one have in my pocket, not the one in my locker or at home.
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    There are several great pocketbooks of critical care and/or emergency nursing that contain lab values, ACLS algorithms, RSI, rhythm interpretation, etc. Just search Amazon for nursing pocket guide. I'm a second generation Porter's user, but there are quite a few good ones around.
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    I also am looking for suggestions for a lab/diagontic manual.

    Our program lists Cavanaugh's Nurse's Manual of Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests (or any similar lab & diagnostic manual) as required. Because I've had about a 50% success rate with agreeing with my instructors about which title I prefer when we're given a choice of several titles, I'm always curious to hear which titles others prefer when it comes to a particular type of books (drug guide, careplans, or in this case, lab & diagnostic manual). I don't think this text requirement is intended to be an "on-the-go" or "quick reference" and is geared perhaps more toward helping us with careplans.

    We are not allowed to have digital devices (even camera free) for clinical, but I can use them for reference during lecture, lab and away from school, so I'm interested in recommendations (and reasons for your recommendation) for all formats -

    * Manual / Guide similar to the suggested text. One alternate that was suggested as Mosby's Manual of Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests

    * Quick reference tools (such as LabNotes or perhaps even others less comprehensive? I'm already starting my own handy mini-reference sheet, but am always interested if there are other quick references that folks would highly recommend)

    * Electronic resources
    like those already mentioned by other posters


    At this point, I'm particularly interested in getting a few suggestions for the textbook, but would welcome comments or suggestions on all three. Thanks in advance!


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