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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathryn Kushto-Reese, MS, RN (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This book delivers what it claims, math dosage calculations made simple. The illustrations, quizzes, and graphics are unique and helpful.
Purpose: The author's purpose is to simplify math as it relates to dosage calculations and to introduce the reader to the real world of nursing and medication administration. The objectives of this book are most worthy. The author emphasizes the responsibility related to safe dosage calculations in nursing, something that is absolutely necessary today. The author meets the objectives.
Audience: According to the author, this book is written for students and practitioners who want to gain confidence and administer medications safely. In my opinion, this book is appropriate for anyone, student or practitioner, who is conscientious about improving their dosage skills and being a safe nurse.
Features: The book covers many basic math skills, medication administration techniques, abbreviations, avoidance of dosage errors, actual drug orders, and helpful hints to avoid mistakes. It also covers many general and specialty areas. Pediatrics is well covered, and this is one of the only books to address safe/recommended doses for children. The illustrations, dosage labels and medication tools are very helpful. The actual hospital records and logos are unique. The tables and quizzes are helpful and create a very real picture for the student or novice nurse. The use of humor is an excellent ice breaker for people who fear math.
Assessment: This book is concise and detailed in its step-by-step approach. It addresses the difficulties that practitioners and students have with dosage calculations. Other books I have used (Chernecky et al.'s Real-World Nursing Survival Guide: Drug Calculations and Administration (W. B. Saunders, 2002) and Gray's Calculate with Confidence 2nd edition (Mosby, 1998)) are not as detailed and helpful, especially for those who are not confident of their math skills. Because it is important to update new information about medications that changes very rapidly, the new edition is justified.