Curren's Math for Meds: Dosages and Solutions / Edition 11

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Overview

Now in its 11th Edition, CURREN'S MATH FOR MEDS: DOSAGES AND SOLUTIONS is the preeminent authority on drug dosage calculations, ratio and proportion, and medication safety. Often imitated yet never equaled, the book delivers proven material with a concisely organized approach that takes you from basic to complex using a building block approach. . Coverage begins with chapters designed to review and confirm basic math principles. Common drug measures are introducted next, followed by detailed lessons on medication labels and dosage calculations. Instructions on body weight and body surface area, intravenous calculations, and pediatric medication calculations follow. This new edition of CURREN'S MATH FOR MEDS: DOSAGES AND SOLUTIONS features full-color photos of drug labels and syringes, as well as hundreds of examples, practice problems, self-test questions, and more for developing learners into safe and effective practitioners. Deliver your course with help from the master, Anna Curren, and CURREN'S MATH FOR MEDS: DOSAGES AND SOLUTIONS, 11th Edition—the only calculations text to reach more than a million learners!

The book contains color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Van de Castle
This dosage and calculation book is a complete learning package from basic math review to titration of IV medication. This is the eighth edition; the previous edition was published in 1995. The purpose is to provide the reader with the calculation skills needed to practice alone in the profession. This is a global objective that is certainly accomplished by the authors. This book is for allied health students but would be a fine reference for nursing and staff educators as well. I have always liked these books in the past, and the authors are well qualified. A basic review of math calculations using ratio, proportion, and formula methods is presented. There is some use of color and samples of drug labels. Self tests are offered at the end of each chapter. There are also calculations of the BSA provided, using a formula instead of just the West Nomogram. The formula method is more accurate than the Nomogram. In Section 5 the authors deal with medication administration systems but only discuss paper forms. In this day and age, computerized methods should also be discussed. There does not seem to be much difference between the seventh and eighth editions. It would be nice to have more information regarding computerized documentation of medication or even computer generated MARs.
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Reviewer:Barbara Van de Castle, MSN, RN, CS(Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description:This dosage and calculation book is a complete learning package from basic math review to titration of IV medication. This is the eighth edition; the previous edition was published in 1995.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide the reader with the calculation skills needed to practice alone in the profession. This is a global objective that is certainly accomplished by the authors.
Audience:This book is for allied health students but would be a fine reference for nursing and staff educators as well. I have always liked these books in the past, and the authors are well qualified.
Features:A basic review of math calculations using ratio, proportion, and formula methods is presented. There is some use of color and samples of drug labels. Self tests are offered at the end of each chapter. There are also calculations of the BSA provided, using a formula instead of just the West Nomogram. The formula method is more accurate than the Nomogram. In Section 5 the authors deal with medication administration systems but only discuss paper forms. In this day and age, computerized methods should also be discussed.
Assessment:There does not seem to be much difference between the seventh and eighth editions. It would be nice to have more information regarding computerized documentation of medication or even computer generated MARs.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781285459974
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 658,468
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Curren has been writing inspired clinical textbooks for more than 40 years. A nurse and former Associate Professor at California's Long Beach City College, she first wrote this text when the one she was using bore no resemblance to her students' clinical needs. Her graduate degree in instructional design, along with many student and instructor reviews, helped her create what is now the most adopted text on the subject. Also a successful entrepreneur, Ms. Curren founded Wallcur, Inc., a company which produces instructional products, including Injecta-Pad, Practi-Amp, Practi-Insulin Training Pack, and other learning resources. Ms. Curren also wrote the best-selling Dimensional Analysis For Meds, also by Cengage Learning.

Margaret Witt is a nurse and physical therapist with more than 26 years of experience, including in the operating room and as a flight nurse. A retired Major in the US Air Force, Dr. Witt spent many years instructing and evaluating flight nurses, as well as writing, reviewing, and enforcing nursing regulations. She is currently Head and Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Department at Spokane Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington. Hand-picked by Anna Curren to lead future editions of CURREN'S MATH FOR MEDS: DOSAGES AND SOLUTIONS, Dr. Witt contributes unrivaled professional experience and training to this always popular book.

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Table of Contents

SECTION 1: REFRESHER MATH. 1. Relative Value, Addition and Subtraction of Decimals. 2. Multiplication and Division of Decimals. 3. Solving Common Fraction Equations. SECTION 2: INTRODUCTION TO DRUG MEASURES. 4. Metric, International (SI) System. 5. Unit, Percentage, Milliequivalent, Ratio,and HouseholdMeasures. SECTION 3: CALCULATING DOSAGES FROM MEDICATION LABELS AND SYRINGE CALIBRATIONS, AND SAFE MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION. 6. Oral Medication Labels. 7. Safe Medication Administration. 8. Hypodermic Syringe Measurement. 9. Reading Parenteral Medication Labels. 10. Reconstitution of Powdered Drugs. 11. Measuring Insulin Dosages. SECTION 4: DOSAGE CALCULATIONS. 12. Ratio and Proportion. 13. Dimensional Analysis/Units Conversion. 14. Formula Method. SECTION 5: DOSAGE CALCULATION FROM BODY WEIGHT AND BODY SURFACE AREA. 15. Adult and Pediatric Dosages Based on Body Weight. 16. Adult and Pediatric Dosages Based on Body Surface Area. SECTION 6: INTRAVENOUS CALCULATIONS. 17. Introduction to IV Therapy. 18. IV Flow Rate Calculation. 19. Calculating IV Infusion and Completion Times. 20. IV Medication and Titration Calculations. 21. Heparin Infusion Calculations. SECTION 7: PEDIATRIC MEDICATION CALCULATIONS. 22. Pediatric Oral and Parenteral Medications. 23. Pediatric Intravenous Medications.

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