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Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Occupations, 6th Edition provides an extensive framework of drug information in a concise format for learners studying licensed practical nursing, medical assisting and other allied health professions. Learn calculations quickly through a simplified step-by-step process. Discover key drug information by classifications, such as their purpose, side effects, cautions, and interactions, or utilize this resource to refresh your knowledge of drugs. The accompanying CD-ROM helps learners master pharmacology through quizzes, games, and case studies with immediate feedback and medication administration techniques and safety video clips. Open this resource now and see how easy learning pharmacology can be.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Laurel A. Eisenhauer
This basic introductory text presents information about pharmacology and the safe administration of medications. This is the third edition; the first edition was published in 1987. The purpose is to provide an extensive framework of knowledge that can be acquired within a limited time frame. The text is designed for nursing students, students of medical assisting, and other allied health students, especially those in 1-year training programs. It also could be used for continuing education programs or refresher courses. Mathematics review and dosage calculations are included. Also included are a colored photo visual identification guide for drug preparations and a glossary. Patient education considerations are highlighted in each drug chapter. Illustrations and photos are used appropriately to provide visual explanations. It is a convenient size with a soft cover, making it easy to handle when reading or when using as a workbook. The text functions as a text as well as a workbook because there are end-of-chapter review quizzes and drug worksheets with columns for drug name, purpose, side effects, contraindications or cautions, and patient education in which students record information about drugs in that chapter, and review exam questions.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Stephanie N Miller, RRT(William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description:This is an efficient update of an excellent pharmacology resource for anyone in the allied health professions. The fourth edition was published in 2004.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide an extensive framework of knowledge that can be acquired within a limited time frame. Given the number of new pharmacologic agents coming out on the market each year, this revision is needed.
Audience:The book is especially designed to meet the needs of learners in nursing and medical assisting programs, but learners in all allied health programs will find the concise format adaptable to their needs. This is also a worthy resource for seasoned healthcare practitioners as well. The author is an expert in her field.
Features:The book is divided up into two sections. Part I is an introduction to pharmacologic agents, abbreviations, administration, safety, etc. Part II details drug families by classification and body systems. Each chapter begins with key terms and objectives. The key terms are color coded and ample color illustrations and tables appear throughout the chapters. Each chapter ends with a chapter review quiz. In Part II, each chapter contains an additional drug worksheet detailing agents covered in the chapter as well as case studies. The book ends with a summary, comprehensive reviews for each part, a well done appendix of look alike/sound alike drugs, a glossary, and an index. An CD-ROM also accompanies the text.
Assessment:This is an outstanding update. The layout is excellent and the book is easy to read. It is hoped that the author continues to provide future revisions as new medications come to market.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435480339
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/29/2010
  • Series: New Releases for Health Science Series
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Woodrow is a Medical Consultant for Education and Infection Control in the Health Services Department at Senior Friendship Centers, Inc. in Sarasota, Florida. The former Director of Staff Development at Plymouth Harbor, Inc., she also taught pharmacology at the Sarasota County Technical Institute.

Bruce Colbert is an associate professor and director of the Allied Health Care Department at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The author of nine traditional books, he also developed an interactive worktext and DVD program on student success. Focusing on such topics as stress and time management, he has presented more than 250 regional and national lectures and workshops devoted to professional skills, enhancing critical and creative thinking as well as effective decision making. In addition Mr. Colbert consults with educational programs to improve teaching effectiveness.

David M. Smith is President of Westcoast Pharmacy Consultants and the former Director of Pharmacy for Bons Secours-Venice Hospital and Health System. His articles have appeared in Pharmacy Times, Hospital Formulary, and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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Table of Contents

PART 1: INTRODUCTION 1. Consumer Safety and Drug Regulations. Drug Laws. FDA and DEA. Health Care Workers and the Law. 2. Drug Names and References. Classifications. Identifying Names. Legal Terms Referring to Drugs. Terms Indicating Drug Actions. Drug References. The Internet as Reference. Drug Cards. 3. Sources and Bodily Effects of Drugs. Sources of Drugs. Effects of Drugs. Drug Processing by the Body (Pharmacokinetics). Absorption. Distribution. Metabolism. Excretion. Other Variables. Unexpected Responses to Drugs. 4. Medication Preparations and Supplies. A Space-Age Drug Form. Standard Drug Forms. Supplies. 5. Abbreviations and Systems of Measurement. Abbreviations. Systems of Measurement. 6. Safe Dosage Preparation. Basic Arithmetic Test. Calculation Guidelines. Method 1: Basic Calculation. Method 2: Ratio and Proportion. Pediatric Dosage. Geriatric Dosage. Prevention of Medication Errors. 7. Responsibilities and Principles of Drug Administration. Responsible Drug Administration. Medication Errors. Principles of Administration. 8. Administration by the Gastrointestinal Route. Administration of Medications Orally. Administration of Medications by Nasogastric Tube. Administration of Medications by Gastric Tube. Administration of Medications Rectally. 9. Administration by the Parenteral Route. Sublingual and Buccal Administration. Transcutaneous Drug Delivery System. Inhalation Therapy. Injections. Skin Medications. Application to the Mucous Membranes. Eye Medications. 10. Poison Control. Poisoning by Ingestion. Poisoning by Inhalation. External Poisoning of Skin or Eyes. Poisoning by Sting and Snakebite. People at Risk. PART II: DRUG CLASSIFICATIONS. 11. Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs. Fat-Soluble Vitamins. Water-Soluble Vitamins. Minerals. Antioxidants. Alternative Medicines. References. Online References. 12. Skin Medications. Antipruritics. Corticosteroids. Emollients and Demulcents. Keratolytics. Scabicides and Pediculicides. Antifungals. Antivirals. Local Anti-Infectives. Agents Used to Treat Acne. Cautions for Topical Medications. 13. Autonomic Nervous System Drugs. Adrenergics. Adrenergic Blockers. Cholinergics. Cholinergic Blockers. 14. Antineoplastic Drugs. Antimetabolites. Alkylating Agents. Plant Alkaloids. Antibiotic Antineoplastics. Hormone Therapy. Biological Response Modifiers. Monoclonal Antibodies. Radioactive Isotopes. Cautions and Responsibilities for Antineoplastic Drugs. 15. Urinary System Drugs. Diuretics. Medications for Gout. Antispasmodics. Cholinergics. Analgesics. Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH). Alpha-Blockers. 16. Gastrointestinal Drugs. Antacids. Agents for Treatment of Ulcers and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Antispasmodics/Anticholinergics. For Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Antidiarrhea Agents. Antiflatulents. Laxatives and Cathartics. Antiemetics. Prophylaxis. 17. Anti-infective Drugs. Vaccines. Aminoglycosides. Cephalosporins. Macrolides. Penicillins. Quinolones. Tetracyclines. Antifungals. Antituberculosis Agents. Miscellaneous Anti-Infectives. Agents for VRE. Antivirals. Treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/AIDS Infections. HIV Information and Resources. Sulfonamides. Urinary Anti-Infectives. 18. Eye Medications. Anti-Infectives. Anti-Inflammatory Agents. Antiglaucoma Agents. Mydriatics. Local Anesthetics. 19. Analgesics, Sedatives, and Hypnotics. Analgesics. Local Anesthetic. Antimigraine Agents. Sedatives and Hypnotics. 20. Psychotropic Medications, Alcohol, and Drug Abuse . CNS Stimulants. Selective Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SNRI). Antidepressants. Antimanic Agents. Anxiolytics. Antipsychotic Medications/Major Tranquilizers. Alcohol. Drug Abuse. 21. Musculoskeletal and Anti-inflammatory Drugs. Skeletal Muscle Relaxants. Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. Osteoporosis Therapy. 22. Anticonvulsants, Antiparkinsonian Drugs,and Agents for Alzheimer's Disease. Anticonvulsants. Drugs for Absence Epilepsy. Drugs for Grand Mal and Psychomotor Epilepsy. Antiparkinsonian Drugs. Agents for Alzheimer's Disease. 23. Endocrine System Drugs. Pituitary Hormones. Adrenal Corticosteroids. Thyroid Agents. Antithyroid Agents. Antidiabetic Agents. 24. Reproductive System Drugs. Androgens. Impotence Agents. Estrogens. Progestins. Choice of Contraceptives. Drugs for Labor and Delivery. Other Gonadotropic Drugs. Infertility Drugs. 25. Cardiovascular Drugs. Cardiac Glycosides. Antiarrhythmic Agents. Antihypertensives. Other Antihypertensives. Coronary Vasodilators. Antilipemic Agents. Vasoconstrictors. Anticoagulants. Platelet Inhibitor Therapy. Thrombolytic Agents. Colony Stimulating Factors (CSFs). 26. Respiratory System Drugs and Antihistamines. Oxygen. Respiratory Stimulants. Bronchodilators. Corticosteroids. Asthma Prophylaxis. Mucolytics and Expectorants. Antitussives. Antihistamines. Decongestants. Smoking Cessation Aids. 27. Drugs and Older Adults. Cumulative Effects of Drugs. Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults. Drugs That May Cause Mental Impairment. Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs. Polypharmacy. References. Summary. Comprehensive Review Exam for Part I. Comprehensive Review Exam for Part II. Appendix: Use Caution--Avoid Confusion.
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