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Common Lab Tests and Their Uses

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This paper describes common laboratory tests and their use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The tests are listed by the section of the laboratory where the tests are performed. However, this... may vary by facility. The disease states are listed by body system. These lists are not meant to be all-inclusive. OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this continuing education course, the healthcare professional should be able to: 1. Name common laboratory tests. 2. Describe the usefulness of common laboratory tests in the diagnosis of disease and the maintenance of health. 3. Correlate common laboratory tests with disorders and diseases. 4. Describe common diseases and disorders by body systems. INTRODUCTION Laboratory tests are an important but often underappreciated aspect of healthcare. Billions of dollars are spent annually on laboratory tests, and the results of these tests are essential for the diagnosis and treatment of illness and maintenance of health. Research indicates laboratory test results influence 60%–70% of medical treatment decisions but they account for about 3% of Medicare all Medicare Part B payments. This paper describes common laboratory tests and their usefulness in diagnosis and treatment of disease. The tests are listed by the department of the laboratory where the tests are usually performed. However, this may vary by facility. The disease states are listed by body system. These lists are not meant to be all-inclusive. [Show More]

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