Drug Information Handbook For The Allied Health Professional

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This handbook was designed to be a quick reference by medical secretaries, transcriptionists, pharmacy technicians, medical records personnel, emergency medicine technologists/paramedics, occupational therapy assistants, respiratory therapy technicians, and other allied health professionals who require quick access to basic data about common and not so common medications currently being used in the hospital setting.

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Overview

This handbook was designed to be a quick reference by medical secretaries, transcriptionists, pharmacy technicians, medical records personnel, emergency medicine technologists/paramedics, occupational therapy assistants, respiratory therapy technicians, and other allied health professionals who require quick access to basic data about common and not so common medications currently being used in the hospital setting.

Covers 3,843 Medications:

1,384 generic drug monographs are presented with up to 12 points of information about each medication, including Generic Name, Pronunciation, Synonyms, Brand Names, Available as a Generic, Therapeutic Category, Use, Controlled Substance, Usual Dosage, Dietary Considerations, Nursing/Pharmacy Information, and Dosage Forms.

Appendix

You will find many valuable appendix entries including: Normal Laboratory Values for Children and Adults, Sound-Alike Comparison List, What's New - Drug Products No Longer Available, Conversion Charts . . . and much, much more.

Canadian/Mexican Brand Names Index

This index contains a listing of brand names from Canada and Mexico corresponding to the drugs in this handbook.

Indication/Therapeutic Category Index

A unique index that assists the user in identifying medications typically prescribed in conjunction with the specified disease or indication and also features the therapeutic category of that medication.

The book contains no figures.

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Editorial Reviews

Laurel A. Eisenhauer
This is a handbook of information about 1345 individual drugs arranged alphabetically by generic and brand names. It also contains useful reference information as well as an indication/therapeutic category index. The purpose is to provide quick access to data on the 1345 medications that were selected based on an analysis of medications offered in a wide range of hospital fomularies. Information on each drug includes therapeutic category, use, usual dosage, dietary considerations, nursing/pharmacy information, and dosage forms. Limited information is provided about pharmacology, adverse effects, and contraindications. Nursing implications are very limited. The target audience is not clearly defined. The title specifies allied health professionals; information on the drugs has nursing/pharmacy information as a category. The authors have degrees and experience in pharmacy as well as in developing various forms of drug information. An editorial board includes pharmacists, physicians, scientists, and dentists, but no one has a background in nursing or other health professions. There is no index because the drug information is arranged alphabetically by both generic and brand names. Cross referencing is extensive. The indication/therapeutic category index is useful in presenting the drugs used in treating specific diseases or conditions. Reference are limited, with many from other handbooks produced by the same publisher. Appendixes contain useful information, such as blood level sampling time guidelines, cancer chemotherapy regimens (arranged by type of cancer and abbreviation for the regimen), drugs discoloring urine and feces, immunization guidelines, neutralizing capacity ofcommonly used antacids, common laboratory values for adults and children, and oral preparations that should not be crushed. This book contains some useful information about drugs, but it is limited in its usefulness to nurses or nursing students because of the absent or limited information on drug adverse effects, precautions, and nursing implications.
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Reviewer: Laurel A. Eisenhauer, RN, PhD, FAAN (Boston College School of Nursing)
Description:This is a handbook of information about 1345 individual drugs arranged alphabetically by generic and brand names. It also contains useful reference information as well as an indication/therapeutic category index.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide quick access to data on the 1345 medications that were selected based on an analysis of medications offered in a wide range of hospital fomularies. Information on each drug includes therapeutic category, use, usual dosage, dietary considerations, nursing/pharmacy information, and dosage forms. Limited information is provided about pharmacology, adverse effects, and contraindications. Nursing implications are very limited.
Audience:The target audience is not clearly defined. The title specifies allied health professionals; information on the drugs has nursing/pharmacy information as a category. The authors have degrees and experience in pharmacy as well as in developing various forms of drug information. An editorial board includes pharmacists, physicians, scientists, and dentists, but no one has a background in nursing or other health professions.
Features:There is no index because the drug information is arranged alphabetically by both generic and brand names. Cross referencing is extensive. The indication/therapeutic category index is useful in presenting the drugs used in treating specific diseases or conditions. Reference are limited, with many from other handbooks produced by the same publisher. Appendixes contain useful information, such as blood level sampling timeguidelines, cancer chemotherapy regimens (arranged by type of cancer and abbreviation for the regimen), drugs discoloring urine and feces, immunization guidelines, neutralizing capacity of commonly used antacids, common laboratory values for adults and children, and oral preparations that should not be crushed.
Assessment:This book contains some useful information about drugs, but it is limited in its usefulness to nurses or nursing students because of the absent or limited information on drug adverse effects, precautions, and nursing implications.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780916589967
  • Publisher: Lexi-Comp, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 860
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.59 (d)

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