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From The CriticsReviewer: 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.