Dosage Calculations: A Ratio-Proportion Approach / Edition 3

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Now in its third edition, this market-leading resource retains the core strengths that made previous editions so successful, while providing the most up-to-date coverage of the science of conducting dosage calculations using a ratio-proportion approach! With a comprehensive math review, full-color drug labels, and critical thinking assessments, DOSAGE CALCULATIONS: A RATIO-PROPORTION APPROACH, third edition contains all of the trusted tools needed to show readers how to significantly reduce errors and increase their confidence in dosage calculation. The book carefully examines both basic and advanced calculations, including intravenous medications and those specific to the pediatric patient. It has been revised to reflect the most current drugs and protocol, as well as the newest regulations on medication abbreviations, new medication administration technologies, and safe medication practices, all in an effort to make this a solid resource and reference for anyone in, or entering the field.

The book contains both black-and-white and color illustrations.

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Meet the Author

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. She is also the author of nine editions of best-selling DOSAGE CALCULATIONS.

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

SECTION 1: MATHEMATICS REVIEW. 1. Fraction and Decimals. 2. Ratios, Percents, Simple Equations, and Ratio-Proportion. SECTION 2: 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. SECTION 3: DRUG DOSAGE CALCULATIONS. 10. Oral Dosage of Drugs. 11. Parenteral Dosage of Drugs. 12. Reconstitution of Solutions. NEW! 13. Alternative Dosage Calculation Methods: Formula and Dimensional Analysis. 14. Pediatric and Adult Dosages Based on Body Weight. SECTION 4: ADVANCED CALCULATIONS. 15. Intravenous Solutions, Equipment, and Calculations. 16. Body Surface Area and Advanced Pediatric Calculations. 17. Advanced Adult Intravenous Calculations. Essential Skills Evaluation. Comprehensive Skills Evaluation. Answers. Index.

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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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