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From The CriticsReviewer: Marcia Murphy, MS, RN (Rush University College of Nursing)
Description: The authors concisely describe the pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, indications, dosing information, potential drug interactions, adverse effects, and administrative guidelines for 49 intravenous medications for adult patients in critical care. Tables are used effectively throughout the book to facilitate quick and accurate drug dosage calculations for administration of intravenous drugs. In addition, several useful formulae are presented in front of the book related to the management of critical care patients.
Purpose: The purpose is to facilitate proper and safe administration of intravenous drugs for adults in critical care. It is not intended to be a definitive reference. This is a useful objective in critical care because intravenous medications are commonly administered. Practitioners find a pocketbook size reference very handy and practical to use as a resource on the clinical unit.
Audience: The intended audience is practitioners in the critical care area, including attending physicians, interns, residents, medical students, critical care nurses, clinical nurse specialists, and acute care nurse practitioners.
Features: The unique feature of this book is the use of clear, quality tables to facilitate accurate drug dosage calculations on a variety of intravenous medications.
Assessment: This book is intended to provide practitioners in critical care a handy reference on intravenous medications. The authors successfully met this objective. The critical information on these drugs is presented in a clear, concise format. Based on the assessment, I recommend that libraries, bookstores, and practitioners purchase the book.