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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nancy Fairchild, RN, MS, CAES (Boston College School of Nursing)
Description: This is the second edition of a reference handbook of drugs. More than 1,000 drugs are presented in 13 units by category (e.g., cardiovascular drugs) and organized by chapters covering a drug class (e.g., angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors). Each chapter begins with a brief overview of the drugs with the prototype drugs highlighted and covered in more depth.
Purpose: Information for each drug includes its generic/brand name, mechanism of action, uses, contraindications, precautions, dosage (adult, child, elderly), preparation forms, interactions, pharmacokinetics, side effects, overdose, and nursing considerations.
Audience: This book is designed as a convenient drug reference for clinical instructors, students, practicing nurses, and nurses in retraining.
Features: It is of easily portable size and uses a two-column format. Icons indicate pediatric and geriatric considerations, and contraindications and life-threatening information are highlighted. The most common side effects of drugs are in small capital letters and life-threatening ones are in bold type. Tabs allow for quick location of a particular unit. The five appendixes cover medication administration (with illustrations), drug calculations, nomogram for calculation of body surface area, FDA pregnancy categories, and a controlled substance chart.
Assessment: This handbook is an up-to-date comprehensive reference that will be of value to both students and practitioners. Its readable, consistent format makes it easy to find drugs within chapters and to find specific information needed. Drugs are also listed by generic name in the index. All the information necessary to understand the drug and to administer the medication safely is included. The nursing application is nicely presented utilizing the nursing process format with emphasis on patient and family teaching. This book would be a nice addition to your library.