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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan K. Chase, EdD, RN, CS (Boston College School of Nursing)
Description: The 13th edition of this popular book provides a reference for healthcare providers who administer intravenous medications in any setting from operating room and intensive care to home care situations. It is organized alphabetically by generic drug name.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide easily accessible information for specific medications to care providers. Each medication is described by drug group, usual adult and pediatric dose, dose adjustment situations, such as elderly or renal failure patients, dilution directions, compatiblities and incompatibilities, safe rates of administration, actions, indications, contraindications, precautions, drug and lab result interactions, and antidotes. The information is designed to be useful as a quick reference or to provide a more comprehensive source. The index allows the user to find a drug by generic, trade, or group name without having to look in several places. The book meets its objective of providing easily accessible, essential information.
Audience: Intended audiences include practicing nurses in any setting where intravenous medications are administered, prescribing physicians, nursing and medical students, and residents. The combination of authorship by nurse and pharmacist provides a broad perspective on drug usage.
Features: References for the description of individual drugs are not included, but a general publication list is offered. Appendixes cover handling cytotoxic agents, pregnancy categories, and dilution charts.
Assessment: The looseleaf format allows the book to lie flat, a useful feature in the clinical area. The new edition includes 16 new drugs, with additional indications for some drugs. A computer version is being prepared.