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Overview

Best-selling DOSAGE CALCULATIONS, 9th Edition features the three-step approach to basic and advanced Formula Method calculations that nursing and other health care professionals prefer, along with a reader-friendly writing style and handy "work text" format. In addition to easing readers into the math with a thorough review, the book uses a logic-based process to build confidence and limit anxiety. Featuring full-color images of drug labels, critical thinking assessments, extensive clinical examples, and a host of interactive supplements, including an accompanying online tutorial, DOSAGE CALCULATIONS, 9th Edition provides the skills needed to master dosage calculations in any clinical setting!

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

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Editorial Reviews

Deborah Ann Adams
This fifth edition of the dosage calculations workbook provides opportunities for both nursing students and practicing nurses to increase their precision in calculating safe drug doses for various age groups and improving their proficiency in medication administration using various methods of delivery. This edition expands coverage of pediatric, obstetric, heparin, and critical care IV calculations. The purpose is to provide a practical workbook to assist readers to practice independently and improve their accuracy and confidence with dosage calculations and determinations about whether prescribed drugs are within safe recommended dosing ranges. This book is targeted for nursing students and nursing professionals in various healthcare settings who want to improve their dosage calculation skills and critical thinking related to interpretation of prescribed medications and administration techniques. This user-friendly workbook walks the participant through the calculation process step by step. The book describes two alternative formula methods and provides actual drug labels for use in the calculation process. It features real clinical dosage calculation patient situations to enhance the nurse's critical thinking skills and accuracy. Actual size photography of syringes and other equipment are featured to more clearly illustrate content. A CD-ROM interactive disc is also included. This is an excellent workbook for healthcare personnel interested in improving their accuracy and proficiency in dosage calculation and medication administration. In addition to providing practice in drug calculation, the book includes practice problems in conversion of measurements, analysis of prescribedmedication orders for safe dose range, selection of various methods of medication administration, and case studies and practice tests to enhance the reader's precision and critical thinking skills. This book is appropriate for nursing students (especially those in introductory skills lab courses) and for nursing libraries.
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Reviewer: Deborah Ann Adams, PhD, RN (Boston College School of Nursing)
Description: This fifth edition of the dosage calculations workbook provides opportunities for both nursing students and practicing nurses to increase their precision in calculating safe drug doses for various age groups and improving their proficiency in medication administration using various methods of delivery. This edition expands coverage of pediatric, obstetric, heparin, and critical care IV calculations.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a practical workbook to assist readers to practice independently and improve their accuracy and confidence with dosage calculations and determinations about whether prescribed drugs are within safe recommended dosing ranges.
Audience: This book is targeted for nursing students and nursing professionals in various healthcare settings who want to improve their dosage calculation skills and critical thinking related to interpretation of prescribed medications and administration techniques.
Features: This user-friendly workbook walks the participant through the calculation process step by step. The book describes two alternative formula methods and provides actual drug labels for use in the calculation process. It features real clinical dosage calculation patient situations to enhance the nurse's critical thinking skills and accuracy. Actual size photography of syringes and other equipment are featured to more clearly illustrate content. A CD-ROM interactive disc is also included.
Assessment: This is an excellent workbook for healthcare personnel interested in improving their accuracy and proficiency in dosage calculation and medication administration. In addition to providing practice in drug calculation, the book includes practice problems in conversion of measurements, analysis of prescribed medication orders for safe dose range, selection of various methods of medication administration, and case studies and practice tests to enhance the reader's precision and critical thinking skills. This book is appropriate for nursing students (especially those in introductory skills lab courses) and for nursing libraries.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Meet the Author

President and Chief Academic Officer, Compass Knowledge Group Bio: Gloria D. Pickar, R.N., Ed.D. is President and Chief Academic Officer of Compass Knowledge Group in Orlando, Florida. She is a former Academic Dean at Seminole State College in Sanford, Florida, and is among our most successful Delmar authors. In addition to nine editions of DOSAGE CALCULATIONS, the most popular dosage calculation book on the market, she also authored three editions of Dosage Calculations: A Ratio- Proportion Approach.

Amy Pickar Abernethy, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine and Nursing at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Part I: MATHEMATICS REVIEW. 1. Fractions and Decimals. 2. Ratios, Percents, Simple Equations, and Ratio-Proportion. Part I Self-Evaluation. Mathematics Diagnostic Evaluation. Part II: MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS, DRUG ORDERS, AND DRUG LABELS. 3. Systems of Measurement. 4. Conversions: Metric, Apothecary, and Household Systems. 5. Conversions for Other Clinical Applications: Time and Temperature. 6. Equipment Used in Dosage Measurement. 7. Interpreting Drug Orders. 8. Understanding Drug Labels. 9. Preventing Medication Errors. Part II Self-Evaluation. Part III: DRUG DOSAGE CALCULATIONS. 10. Oral Dosage of Drugs. 11. Parenteral Dosage of Drugs. 12. Reconstitution of Solutions. 13. Alternative Dosage Calculation Methods: Ratio-Proportion and Dimensional Analysis. 14. Pediatric and Adult Dosages Based on Body Weight. Part III Self-Evaluation. Part IV: ADVANCED CALCULATIONS. 15. Intravenous Solutions, Equipment, and Calculations. 16. Body Surface Area and Advanced Pediatric Calculations. 17. Advanced Adult Intravenous Calculations. Section IV Self-Evaluation.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    Required text for my nursing program. I used it to review for a challenge

    exam. The ratio-proportion approach is a solid one because it provides the tools to solve any dosage calculation rather than an approach that teaches a rule for every type of problem. The examples are based on clinical situations and include using syringes, dosage cups, IV drips etc. There are plenty of practice problems with solutions in the back of the text. I think it's a solid text, especially for those familiar with the concepts of ration/proportion/unit cancellation. It is a bit pricey for a paperback that arrived with the wimpy cover already curling but textbooks aren't made the way they used to be.

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