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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Michael E. Gewerth, RDH (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This book is a compilation of current information available from the field of pharmacology as it impacts on the management of patients by the dental hygienist.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate dental hygienists in a manner which prepares them to manage patients who may be taking a wide variety of medications.
Audience: It is intended for training dental hygiene students as well as to serve as a useful reference for practicing dental hygienists.
Features: The contents include two-color charts, current reference material, and flow charts. These are easy-to-use reference sources to quickly assess patient medications and their impact on planned dental care.
Assessment: Keeping up with changes in pharmacology is imperative for the safe and effective practice of dental medicine. This text serves to better define the indications for pre-medication and drug interactions relative to dental hygiene treatment. The reference section is extremely useful to support clinical decision making. It should also prove to be very useful in the arena of teaching, continuing education, in-service, and training lectures. Finally this book will be of value when patients pose questions regarding the medications they are taking. The author has done an excellent job of addressing these issues through this text.