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Overview

Arm yourself with the knowledge and skills to succeed in today's challenging health care environment. Allow Math and Meds for Nurses to equip you with the tools to understand calculation through utilization of the three major methods: formula, ratio & proportion, and dimensional analysis. The second edition covers a breadth of dosage calculation topics, from measuring systems to intravenous medications. Special VIP (very important principle) boxes also teach important safety consideration such as prevention of medication errors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401834562
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/30/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Norma Evcolaro-O'Neil is a Professor Emeritus at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xii
How to Use This Book xiv
How to Use the Practice Software xvi
Unit 1 Review of Basic Mathematics Related to Dosage Computation 1
Chapter 1 Pretest in the Mathematics Involved in Dosage Computation 2
Answers to Pretest 7
Chapter 2 Roman Numerals 9
General Information 9
Chapter 3 Fractions 13
General Information 13
Proper and Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers 18
Changing the Form of Fractions 21
Finding the Least Common Denominator 23
Adding and Subtracting Fractions 26
Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers 30
Multiplying and Dividing Fractions 34
Multiplying and Dividing Mixed Numbers 37
Chapter 4 Decimals 41
General Information 41
Changing the Form of Decimals 43
Adding and Subtracting Decimals 45
Multiplying and Dividing Decimals 48
Converting Fractions to Decimals and Decimals to Fractions 51
Chapter 5 Percents 54
General Information 54
Converting Between Percents and Decimals 55
Converting Between Percents and Fractions 57
Determining Percents 59
Chapter 6 Ratio 62
General Information 62
Chapter 7 Proportion 67
General Information 67
Solving for an Unknown Term 70
Chapter 8 Posttest in the Mathematics Involved in Dosage Computation 73
Answers to Posttest 78
Unit 2 Systems of Measurement 81
Chapter 9 Celsius (Centigrade) and Fahrenheit Temperature Scales 82
General Information 82
Converting Between Fahrenheit and Celsius Temperature Scales 83
Chapter 10 The Household System 87
General Information 87
Chapter 11 The Apothecaries' System 90
General Information 90
Chapter 12 The Metric System 94
General Information 94
Chapter 13 Determining Equivalents and Converting Between the Systems of Measurement 99
General Information 99
Converting Between the Measures of Weight in the Metric and Apothecaries' Systems 100
Converting Between the Measures of Volume (Liquid) in the Metric and Apothecaries' Systems 104
Converting Between the Metric or Apothecaries' System of Measurement and the Household System 106
Unit 3 Preparing for the Safe Administration of Medications 111
Chapter 14 Abbreviations Used in Administering Medications 112
General Information 112
Commonly Used Abbreviations 113
Chapter 15 Administering Medications and Interpreting Drug Labels 117
General Information 117
The Medication Label 119
Unit 4 Oral and Parenteral Medications 127
Chapter 16 Computing Oral Medications 128
General Information 128
Oral Medications 129
Ratio and Proportion Review 129
Setting Up the Proportion 130
Chapter 17 Computing Parenteral Medications 145
General Information 145
Setting Up the Proportion 147
Part 1 Premixed Parenteral Medications 147
Part 2 Reconstitution of Powdered Parenteral Medication 156
Part 3 Special Parenteral Medications 167
Heparin 167
Insulin 170
Unit 5 Intravenous Fluids and Medications 197
Chapter 18 Intravenous Fluid Therapy and Computing Flow Rates 198
Common Abbreviations for Intravenous Solutions 198
General Information 199
Percentage Strength of Solutions 201
Infusion Sets 202
Flow Rate and Drop Factor 204
Determining Total Infusion Time 209
Manual and Electronic Infusion Delivery Devices 210
Chapter 19 Computing Intravenous Medications 218
General Information 218
Intravenous Medications 219
Chapter 20 Intravenous Medications for Adults in Special Situations 236
General Information 236
Weight-Based Medications (including Heparin) 237
Medication Dosage Based on Body Surface Area 240
Critical Care Intravenous Medications and Titration 243
Unit 6 Medication Dosages for Infants and Children 253
Chapter 21 Computing Dosage for Infants and Children 254
General Information 255
Calculation of Dosage Using the Body Weight Method 255
Calculation of Dosage Using the Body Surface Area (BSA) Method 258
Determining Estimated Safe Dosages Based on Body Surface Area 260
Unit 7 Alternative Methods of Calculating Dosages 267
Chapter 22 Using the Formula Method 268
General Information 268
Setting Up the Formula 268
Chapter 23 Using Dimensional Analysis 277
General Information 277
Setting Up the Dimensional Equation 277
Unit 8 Application and Review 285
Chapter 24 Medication Orders and Medication Records Applied to Clinical Situations 286
General Information 286
Application to Clinical Situations 308
Errors in the Administration of Medications 346
Chapter 25 Posttest in Computation of Drugs and Solutions 251
Answers to Posttest 361
Appendix Solutions for Self-Evaluation and Review Sets 365
Index 401
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