Introduction to Intravenous Therapy for Health Professionals / Edition 1

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Designed for existing courses within the MA curricula, this text provides initial preparation for the principles and techniques of intravenous therapy. Students will learn the basic knowledge necessary to safely and precisely administer basic IV fluids and medications within the scope of practice for their particular health care profession.

• Each chapter is organized with chapter outlines, learning objectives, key words with definitions, and chapter summaries.
• Includes a basic review of anatomy and physiology to provide a fundamental understanding of how IV therapy can interact with each body system.
• A variety of exercises (such as IV calculations or patient teaching) are integrated within each chapter to reinforce the learning of often-difficult concepts.
• Includes an array of worksheets on the companion Evolve website (such as drugs, charting, or drug and dosage calculations) to provide practice tools for the student.
• Each chapter concludes with multiple-choice review questions to test students' knowledge of the content within that chapter.
• Provides a Competency Check Sheet with standards for performance and to meet competency-based education requirements.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Josie Martin Bowman, RN, MSN, PhD (East Carolina University )
Description: This book covers intravenous therapy from the basic concepts of asepsis, equipment needed, and dosage calculation to starting a peripheral IV line. An appendix includes an IV drug solution compatibility chart and competency check sheets.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the authors, is to provide basic knowledge about how to safely perform intravenous therapy and administer medication.
Audience: They identify their audience as primarily student nurses, as well as practicing nurses, medical assistants, and other allied health professionals. The book assumes that readers have some basic knowledge of medical asepsis, pharmacology, and dosage calculation. The authors are both nurses and have taught or worked in clinical settings.
Features: The book presents a clear and concise approach to IV fluid therapy and initiation of IV therapy. The chapters are organized with a chapter outline, a definition of key terms, and learning objectives. The content is readable, clear, and concise. However, some of the material is superficial and covered only in a short paragraph. The book does not cover central lines in much depth; even though these lines are inserted by medical staff, they are cared for by nurses at the bedside. There are no cited references. Questions at the end of each chapter with a checklist help readers evaluate their performance.
Assessment: Because it presents basic knowledge, the book can be used by those in the healthcare professions, but at times nurses need more in-depth information. This book could be used as a supplement, but not as the primary reference in a course or continuing education setting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416033998
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/29/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,101,939
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Intravenous Therapy

2. Review of Anatomy and Physiology

3. Review of Medical Asepsis

4. Basic Equipment and Supplies for IV Therapy

5. Review of Dosage Calculations

6. Foundations of IV Therapy

7. Pharmacology Related to IV Therapy

8. Starting an Intravenous Infusion

Appendix A: Intravenous Therapy Regulations for Medical Assistants and Technicians

Appendix B: Intravenous Therapy Drug Incompatibilities

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