Clinical Calculations: With Applications to General and Specialty Areas / Edition 3

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This student-friendly text helps you to brush up on your math skills and learn to perform drug calculations with confidence. After guiding you step-by-step through the systems, conversions, and methods of dosage calculation, the text will show you how to calculate dosages for oral, injectable, and intravenous drugs - in both general and specially settings. Clinical Calculations, 3rd Edition makes learning dosages easy with 25% more practice problems; actual drug labels in full color; four methods of dosage calculation - basic formula, ratio and proportion, fractional equation, and dimensional analysis; coverage of the 5 Rights of Drug Administration; 16 handy tear-out drug cards for clinical practice; illustrations of intramuscular injection sites, central venous lines, and more; enteral nutrition and medications with practice problems; use of direct IV injection (IV push); and many more helpful tools.

The book contains both black-and-white and color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Laurel A. Eisenhauer
This book provides information and exercises on various mathematical calculations used in a variety of settings in nursing practice. The book provides information beyond the basic, including calculations for specialty areas. It is intended for use by nursing students but also would be useful to RNs returning to practice or changing their practice setting. This book provides students with several mathematical approaches to solving the problems (basic formula, ratio and proportion, fractional equation, and dimensional analysis). It includes information and calculations needed to handle various types of IV equipment as well as the particular calculations needed in specialty areas such as pediatrics, critical care, pediatric critical care, labor and delivery, and community. It also discusses techniques of drug administration by various routes, including enteral nutrition and drug administration. An introductory section reviews basic mathematics. Answers to problems are provided within each chapter, thus facilitating student self-learning of the skills. Cards with formulae and conversions can be removed from the back of the book and carried by student into the clinical area for quick reference. Effective use of diagrams and photos enhances the content. This is an attractive, well-designed book with effective use of multicolor print and color copies of actual drug product labels.
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Reviewer: Kathryn Kushto-Reese, MS, RN (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This book is a comprehensive review and guide to basic math and drug calculations. It is a guide to the application of these calculations to clinical practice both in general medical/surgical areas as well as a variety of specialty areas in nursing practice. The authors teach practical application in an interesting way.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive application of calculations for drug administration in nursing practice. The authors present the latest equipment and formulas used for drug administration. Their objectives are relevant in applying knowledge and in updating current state of the art trends in the practice setting. The inclusion of specialty areas is also helpful in application to practice.
Audience: The authors have written this book for students and beginning practitioners. It can also be used as a review or for a refresher course, as well as for nurses who are entering a new specialty area. I agree with the authors and respect their knowledge in this subject area and their attempt to include current trends.
Features: This book is very comprehensive and the authors do a good job of covering basic application of drug calculations to clinical practice. I am a pediatric nurse and found this section to be very complete. The illustrations, tables, and graphs are very helpful in teaching the content. The colored headings help to emphasize material as well as make a rather dry subject more interesting. More basic problem sets for the beginning student would be needed and would require adding length to the book.
Assessment: I personally find this book to be more useful and interesting than the previous edition. I especially like the updated version on specialty areas. I think students will find it interesting and helpful as well. I appreciate the fact that I can use the book for pediatrics and for basic drug calculations.
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"The book usefully links calculations to actual conditions and diagnoses, helping nurses to like theory to practice." Nursing Standard, March 25 2009

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721654447
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 12/1/1995
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 317

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Basic Math Review 1
Pt. 2 Systems, Conversion, and Methods of Drug Calculation 15
Ch. 1 Systems Used for Drug Administration Objectives 17
Ch. 2 Conversion Within the Metric, Apothecary, and Household Systems 31
Ch. 3 Interpretation of Drug Labels, Drug Orders, Charting, "5 Rights," and Abbreviations 43
Ch. 4 Alternative Methods for Drug Administration 61
Ch. 5 Methods of Calculation 71
Pt. 3 Calculations for Oral, Injectable, and Intravenous Drugs 94
Ch. 6 Oral and Enteral Preparations with Clinical Applications 95
Ch. 7 Injectable Preparations with Clinical Applications 123
Ch. 8 Intravenous Preparations with Clinical Applications 161
Pt. 4 Calculations for Specialty Areas 189
Ch. 9 Pediatrics 191
Ch. 10 Critical Care 213
Ch. 11 Pediatric Critical Care 243
Ch. 12 Labor and Delivery 251
Ch. 13 Community 263
References 275
Appendix A: Guidelines for Administration of Medications 279
Appendix B: Nomograms 285
Index 289
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