Diagnostic Tests

Know all the information nurses need to understand about different diagnostic tests and laboratory exams. Learn about the nursing responsibilities and nursing considerations during each diagnostic procedure, indications, how to prepare your patient, your roles as a nurse, the nursing interventions and implications for each procedure, and know how to interpret the results.

Chest X-ray (Chest Radiography) Nursing Care Management and Responsibilities

Chest X-ray (Chest Radiography)

Chest X-ray (Chest radiography, CXR) is one of the most frequently performed radiological examination. This study guide can help nurses understand their tasks and responsibilities during a chest x-ray.
Pap Smear Nursing Care Planning and Responsibilities – Diagnostic and Procedure

Pap Smear (Papanicolaou Smear)

Papanicolaou smear (Pap smear, cervical smear) is a safe, noninvasive cytological examination for early detection of cervical cancer.
Fecal Analysis (Stool Analysis) Nursing Responsibilities

Fecal Analysis (Stool Analysis)

Feces is a solid body waste discharged from the large intestine through the anus by the process of defecation. It is made of cellulose and other indigestible food matter, water, and bacteria.
Computed Tomography Scan Nursing Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests - Responsibilities, Procedures, and Nursing Considerations

Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

Computed tomography (CT), also known as computerized axial tomography (CAT), or CT scanning computerized tomography is a painless, non-invasive diagnostic imaging procedure that produces cross-sectional images of several types of tissue not clearly seen on a traditional X-ray.

Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap)

Lumbar puncture, also known as spinal tap, is an invasive procedure where a hollow needle is inserted into the space surrounding the subarachnoid space in the lower back to obtain samples of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for qualitative analysis.
Bronchoscopy Nursing Diagnostics and Procedure Responsibilities

Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy is an invasive procedure that permits the direct examination of the larynx, trachea, and bronchi using either a flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope or a rigid metal bronchoscope.
Colonoscopy • Nursing Responsibilities and Procedures • Nurseslabs

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that utilizes a flexible fiberoptic colonoscope inserted into the rectum to allow visual examination of the large intestine (colon) lining
Cystoscopy Diagnostic Procedure and Nursing Responsibilities

Cystoscopy

Cystoscopy is a procedure that allows direct visualization of the urethra, urinary bladder, and ureteral orifices through the transurethral insertion of a cystoscope into the bladder.
Echocardiogram - Echocardiography Diagnostic and Laboratory Procedure - Nursing Care Management and Responsibilities

Echocardiogram

Echocardiography, also known as echo test or heart ultrasound is a noninvasive painless test that uses ultrasound to visualize the shape, size, and movement of the structures of the heart.
Holter Monitoring Nursing Responsibilities

Holter Monitoring

Holter monitoring (Ambulatory electrocardiography, ambulatory monitoring, event recorder, Holter electrocardiography) is a noninvasive procedure that continuously records the heart's activity as the patient does his normal routine, usually for 24 to 72 hours.

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