Dosage Calculations : A Simplified Approach / Edition 3

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Dosage Calculation: A Simplified Approach is the most logical step-by-step guide to mastering calculation equations and dosage technology available today. Written by the authors of the best-selling, annually updated, Nurses Drug Guide, this user-friendly text offers a single "dimensional analysis" method of problem solving applicable to all types of medication and intravenous fluid calculations. More than 500 solved practice problems explain the logic and rationale for specific calculations. A brand new four-color art program supports explanations of everything from common errors and commonly used critical care medications to drug label identification and the basic principles of complex drug calculations.

The book contains predominantly color illustrations, with some black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Nancy Fairchild, RN, MS, CAES (Boston College School of Nursing)
Description: This is the third edition of a self-mastery dosage calculation manual that uses a single method of problem solving appropriate for all medication calculation. Coverage of all types of medication and IV fluid calculations is included. Drugs used in critical care setting including those administered according to micrograms per kilogram per minute and drugs used in pediatric settings based on milligrams per kilogram are extensively detailed. Drug dosages based on body surface area of the client are also presented. The text has more than 500 dose calculation problems and a computer self-paced tutorial program. There is a new chapter on the nurse's role in the administration of drugs and the nurse's legal responsibilities.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to present a single method of problem solving that is applicable to all types of medication and intravenous fluid calculations.
Audience: It is designed for students and practitioners of nursing.
Features: Unique to this manual is the use of dimensional analysis (factor-label) method to solve medication problems that require calculation. Dimensional analysis has been widely used in science education at the secondary and collegiate level and is a refinement of the ratio/proportion method. It builds on simple arithmetic skills that are reviewed in the first chapter of the text. A self-paced student tutorial computer program (UNICALC) is also included.
Assessment: This easy-to-use manual requires mastery of the two chapters on problem solving using dimensional analysis before proceeding to the other chapters. Once mastery is obtained, any sequence of study can then be used. Using just one method to solve all medication calculations facilitates the ease of calculating drug dosages. The computer-friendly UNICALC program contains 60 additional exercises and is helpful to the student in identifying areas that require additional study. The case studies and critical decision point scenarios are also very useful in increasing critical thinking skills and assessing the learner's understanding of medication preparation and administration. The nurse's role in the administration of medications and her or his legal responsibilities are emphasized throughout the text.
Nancy Fairchild
This is the third edition of a self-mastery dosage calculation manual that uses a single method of problem solving appropriate for all medication calculation. Coverage of all types of medication and IV fluid calculations is included. Drugs used in critical care setting including those administered according to micrograms per kilogram per minute and drugs used in pediatric settings based on milligrams per kilogram are extensively detailed. Drug dosages based on body surface area of the client are also presented. The text has more than 500 dose calculation problems and a computer self-paced tutorial program. There is a new chapter on the nurse's role in the administration of drugs and the nurse's legal responsibilities. The purpose of this book is to present a single method of problem solving that is applicable to all types of medication and intravenous fluid calculations. It is designed for students and practitioners of nursing. Unique to this manual is the use of dimensional analysis (factor-label) method to solve medication problems that require calculation. Dimensional analysis has been widely used in science education at the secondary and collegiate level and is a refinement of the ratio/proportion method. It builds on simple arithmetic skills that are reviewed in the first chapter of the text. A self-paced student tutorial computer program (UNICALC) is also included. This easy-to-use manual requires mastery of the two chapters on problem solving using dimensional analysis before proceeding to the other chapters. Once mastery is obtained, any sequence of study can then be used. Using just one method to solve all medication calculations facilitates the ease of calculatingdrug dosages. The computer-friendly UNICALC program contains 60 additional exercises and is helpful to the student in identifying areas that require additional study. The case studies and critical decision point scenarios are also very useful in increasing critical thinking skills and assessing the learner's understanding of medication preparation and administration. The nurse's role in the administration of medications and her or his legal responsibilities are emphasized throughout the text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838592977
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 12/6/1996
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 219
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.72 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Acknowledgments
To the Educator
To the Student
1 Prerequisite Arithmetic Skills 1
2 The Dimensional Analysis Method of Problem Solving 31
3 The Three Systems of Measurement 39
4 Nurse's Role in Drug Administration 53
5 Nonparenteral Medications 63
6 Parenteral Medications 85
7 Pediatric Medications Based on Body Weight 113
8 Intravenous Fluids 137
9 Intravenous Medications 157
10 Pediatric Intravenous Medications 173
11 IV Medications Based on Body Weight 187
12 Medications Based on Body Surface Area 199
App. A Common Abbreviations and Symbols Related to Medication Administration 207
App. B Calculations with Percent Solutions 211
App. C Temperature Conversions 213
Index 215
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