Dosage Calculations Made Incredibly Easy! / Edition 2

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Overview

This entertaining guide is now more fun, more up-to-date, and even easier to use — an indispensable resource for nurses who want to take the stress out of dosage calculations. New to this edition are a chapter on dimensional analysis; numerous lighthearted learning aids called "Cheat Sheets"; and "Practice Makes Perfect" — case study questions and answers that let nurses assess their progress. Contents include math basics; measurement systems; drug orders and administration records; calculating oral, topical, and rectal drug dosages; calculating parenteral injections and I.V. infusions; and calculating pediatric, obstetric, and critical care dosages.

The thoroughly updated Third Edition of this practical, entertaining reference is a complete and clear guide to calculating drug dosages. After reviewing basic math, the book shows nurses how to interpret hundreds of sample drug orders and perform hundreds of complex dosage calculations. Abundant illustrations and checklists help readers remember key points. This edition includes NCLEX(R)-style questions throughout the text, a new chapter on preventing medication errors, and an expanded chapter applying dimensional analysis to practical dosage calculation problems. The expanded Practice Makes Perfect section includes alternate-format NCLEX(R)-style questions. Readers can access up-to-the-minute drug information at eDruginfo.com.

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Reviewer: 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. "
From The Critics
Reviewer: 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. "

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582551340
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Incredibly Easy! Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors and consultants
Foreword
Pt. I Math basics
1 Fractions 3
2 Decimals and percentages 25
3 Ratios, fractions, proportions, and solving for X 45
4 Dimensional analysis 65
Pt. II Measurement systems
5 Metric system 77
6 Alternative measurement systems 91
Pt. III Recording drug administration
7 Drug orders 109
8 Administration records 121
Pt. IV Oral, topical, and rectal drugs
9 Calculating oral drug dosages 135
10 Calculating topical and rectal drug dosages 163
Pt. V Parenteral administration
11 Calculating parenteral injections 175
12 Calculating I.V. infusions 205
Pt. VI Special calculations
13 Calculating pediatric dosages 235
14 Calculating obstetric drug dosages 255
15 Calculating critical care dosages 269
Practice makes perfect 284
Glossary 302
Index 305
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