Clinical Calculations Made Easy: Solving Problems Using Dimensional Analysis / Edition 3

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This straightforward approach to dimensional analysis incorporates the simple to complex strategy while focusing on understanding how to problem solve. The Third Edition includes more practice problems, more case studies, and new features: Preventing Medication Errors and Solving Pediatric Problems. Pedagogy includes numerous exercises and actual drug labels throughout, as well as tear-out tests at the end of each chapter for faculty evaluation.

A free CD-ROM containing more than 100 extra calculation problems is included with this edition. The ancillary package includes an Instructor’s Resource CD-ROM.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781748384
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 6/22/2004
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

SECTION 1 Clinical Calculations 1

CHAPTER 1 Arithmetic Review 3
Arabic Numbers and Roman Numerals 4
Fractions 7
Decimals 11
Rounding Decimals 11
Multiplying Decimals 12
Dividing Decimals 13
Converting Fractions to Decimals 14
Practice Problems 16
Post-Test 19
Answer Key 21

CHAPTER 2 Systems of Measurement and Common Equivalents 29
Systems of Measurement 30
The Metric System 30
The Apothecary System 31
The Household System 32
Common Equivalents 34

CHAPTER 3 Solving Problems Using Dimensional Analysis 41
Terms Used in Dimensional Analysis 42
The Five Steps of Dimensional Analysis 42
Practice Problems 49
Post-Test 51
Answer Key 53

CHAPTER 4 One-Factor Medication Problems 59
Interpretation of Medication Orders 60
Right Patient 60
Right Drug 60
Right Dosage 60
Right Route 61
Right Time 61
One-Factor Medication Problems 62
Principles of Rounding 65
Components of a Drug Label 68
Identifying the Components 68
Solving Problems With Components of Drug Labels 71
Administering Medication by Different Routes 74
Enteral Medications 74
Parenteral Medications 80
Practice Problems 87
Post-Test 91
Answer Key 97

CHAPTER 5 Two-Factor Medication Problems 103
Medication Problems Involving Weight 104
Medication Problems Involving Reconstitution 108
Medication Problems Involving Intravenous Pumps 112
Medication Problems Involving Drop Factors 116
Medication Problems Involving Intermittent Infusion 120
Practice Problems 124
Post-Test 127
Answer Key 131

CHAPTER 6 Three-Factor Medication Problems 137
Practice Problems 150
Post-Test 153
Answer Key 159

SECTION 2 Practice Problems 163

One-Factor Practice Problems 165
Two-Factor Practice Problems 179
Three-Factor Practice Problems 190
Comprehensive Practice Problems 195
Answer Key 199

SECTION 3 Case Studies 211

CASESTUDY 1 : Congestive Heart Failure 213
CASESTUDY 2 : COPD/Emphysema 214
CASESTUDY 3 : Small Cell Lung Cancer 215
CASESTUDY 4 : Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) 216
CASESTUDY 5 : Sickle Cell Anemia 217
CASESTUDY 6 : Deep Vein Thrombosis 217
CASESTUDY 7 : Bone Marrow Transplant 218
CASESTUDY 8 : Pneumonia 219
CASESTUDY 9 : Pain 220
CASESTUDY 10 : Cirrhosis 221
CASESTUDY 11 : Hyperemesis Gravidarum 221
CASESTUDY 12 : Preeclampsia 222
CASESTUDY 13 : Premature Labor 223
CASESTUDY 14 : Cystic Fibrosis 224
CASESTUDY 15 : Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) 225
CASESTUDY 16 : Leukemia 226
CASESTUDY 17 : Sepsis 227
CASESTUDY 18 : Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia 228
CASESTUDY 19 : Cerebral Palsy 229
CASESTUDY 20: Hyperbilirubinemia 230
CASESTUDY 21 : Spontaneous Abortion 231
CASESTUDY 22 : Bipolar Disorder 232
CASESTUDY 23 : Anorexia Nervosa 232
CASESTUDY 24 : Clinical Depression 233
CASESTUDY 25 : Alzheimer's Disease 234
Answer Key 235

SECTION 4 Comprehensive Post-Test 245

APPENDIX Educational Theory of Dimensional Analysis 251

Index 255

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    Excellent student resource

    Simply put - dimensional analysis = patient safety. Our students have used this for years with good results. I tutor for math and dimensional analysis is the way to go.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2009

    The Best Calculation Book

    I find it interesting that the first reviewer is guilty of verbosity; which they accused the Craig book of. <BR/><BR/>A tight review of calculations. Patient safety is as stake with practitioners not following the times with dimensional analysis. There is a reason that the sciences have been using DA for years...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2006

    Wordy and anything but, 'Easy'

    Simply stated, too much of this book reads like a verbose dissertation. For instance, 'The 4.5ml/hr is the wanted quantity and is the answer to the problem' (p. 142). Wanted quantity...what's wrong with, '4.5ml/hr is the answer!' This type of wordiness is evident throughout the book and is indicative of a poorly edited piece. Apparently, the author¿s dissertation involved something called, ¿Dimensional Analysis¿ and she has based this text on it. She has also created techniques called, 'sequential method', and 'random method' to problem solve. New nurses do not need new terminology to confuse them. Nor do they need to re-think simple math. The author¿s computations are confusing. And attempts to ¿intellectualize¿ areas of nursing in an effort to further legitimize the profession is regressive and unhelpful. I'd like to comment on the drug concentrations used in problems. On page 141, Dobutamine is used in a problem with a concentration of 250mg/50cc. I understand that, theoretically, a nurse should be able to solve any drip problem. And perhaps the patient required extremely strict fluid parameters. But rarely, if ever, would a nurse see this concentration in real life. This drug has come premixed for years. Mixing is antiquated and, potentially, a step when errors can occur. Still presenting drams and grains--without at least noting the utter abandonment of such measurements in this day and age--is a disservice to any new nurse. New nurses should be presented with real-life scenarios in order to build strong clinical foundations. These authors, I feel, are completely out of touch with contemporary hospital practices and should not be authoring critical information.

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    Posted April 16, 2010

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