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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.