Math Basics for the Health Care Professional [With CDROM] / Edition 3

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Math Basics for the Health Care Professional helps trainees in a wide variety of healthcare professions to master a vital skill toward their career success. This workbook incorporates every aspect of math relevant to health care applications with a wealth practice opportunities throughout. The third edition continues to promote critical thinking through an organized presentation of instruction, practice, and self assessment. Its new features make for an even better guide to increase math proficiency. These new features include: a supplementary CD-ROM with additional sets of challenging practice tests; coverage of occupation-based units that are essential for health care personnel, including reading drug labels, medicine cups, syringes, and intravenous fluid, apothecary measurement and conversions, parenteral dosages, basic intravenous administration and basic dosage by weight units; two extra units reviewing pre-algebra basics and the metric system; and an appendix of extra practice unit tests with answer keys for easy self-checking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135126325
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michele Benjamin Lesmeister is currently a full-time, tenured member of the faculty at Renton Technical College and has taught in two-year colleges for over 20 years. Michele has also been involved in developing transitional learning materials for native speakers and second language speakers for the health care fields for 18 years. As an active participant in the Universal Design for Learning initiative on the RTC campus, Michele tries to create materials that address learner barriers and improve access to learning for all students. Michele has authored several books, both of which she uses within her own classrooms. Michele is the Vice-President of the Renton Federation of Teachers as well as a member of the National Learning Disabilities Association, the League of Innovation, and the Council on Adult Basic Education. Michele also received the Faculty of the Year Award at RTC in 1989 and 2006.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Health Occupations Matrix of Math Skills and Self-Assessment

Health Occupations Math Skills Self-Assessment Score Sheet

Math for Healthcare Professionals Pre-test

Unit 1

Whole Number Review





Number Statements



Basics of statistical Analysis





Roman Numerals

Concept 1

Concept 2

Concept 3

Whole Number Self-Test

Unit 2


Part-to-Whole Relationships

Equivalent Fractions

Reducing to Lowest or Simplest Terms

Multiplication Method

Division Method

Improper Fractions

Adding Fractions with Like Denominators

Finding the Common Denominator

Ordering Fractions

Subtraction of Fractions

Borrowing in Subtraction of Fractions

Multiplication of Fractions

Multiplying a Fraction by a Whole Number

Reducing before you Multiply as a Timesaver

Multiplication of Mixed Numbers

Division of Fractions

Fraction Formula

Complex Fractions

Fraction Self-Test

Unit 3


Rounding Decimals

Comparing Decimals

Addition of Decimals

Subtraction of Decimals

Multiplication of Decimals

Division of Decimals

Zeros as Placeholders in Decimal Division

Simplified Multiplication and Division of Decimals

Simplified Multiplication

Simplified Division

Changing Decimals to Fractions

Changing Fractions to Decimals

Temperature Conversions with Decimals

Decimal Conversion Formula

Solving Mixed Fraction and Decimal Problems

Decimal Self-Test

Unit 4

Ratio and Proportion



Solving for x

Word Problems Using Proportions

Solving for x in More Complex Problems Using Proportion

Nutritional Application of Proportions

Ratio and Proportion Self-Test

Unit 5


Percent-to-Decimal Conversion

Decimal-to-Percent Conversion

Using Proportion to Solve Percent Problems

Percent Strength of Solutions

Single Trade Discount

Percent Self-Test

Unit 6

Combined Applications

Conversion among Fractions, Decimals, Ratios, and Percent

Suggested Order of Operations

Using Combined Applications in Measurement Conversion

Standard Units of Measure

More Combined Applications

Combined Applications Self-Test

Unit 7

PreAlgebra Basics


Absolute Value

Integer Operations

Adding Integers with the Same Sign

Adding Integers with Different Signs

Subtracting Integers

Multiplication of Integers

Division of Integers

Exponential Notation

Scientific Notation

Square Roots

Order of Operations

Algebraic Expressions


Writing Expressions from Word Problems

Solving Equations

Writing Equations from Word Problems

Literal Equations

Pre-Algebra Basics Self-Test

Unit 8

The Metric System

Using the Metric Symbols

Changing Unit Measures

Metric System Self-Test

Unit 9

Reading Drug Labels, Medicine Cups, Syringes, and Intravenous Fluid

Administration Bags

Reading Drug Labels

Reading medicine Cups

Reading Syringes

Reading IV Adminstration Bags

Reading Drug Labels, Medicine Cups, Syringes, and Intravenous Fluid

Administration Bags Self-Test

Unit 10

Apothecary Measurement and Conversions

Apothecary Measurement and Conversions

Apothecary System Self-Test

Unit 11

Dosage Calculations

Rounding in Dosage Calculations

Dosage Calculations Formula

Practice Practice Using Drug Labels

Dosage Calculations Self-Test

Unit 12

Parenteral Dosage

Parenteral Dosage

Parenteral Dosage Self-Test

Unit 13

The Basics of Intravenous Fluid Administration

IV Fluid Adminstration

The Basics of Intravenous Fluid Administration Self-test

Unit 14

Basic Dosage by Weight

Basic Dosage by Weight

Basic Dosage by Weight Self-Test

Practice Post-Test


Appendix of Practice Unit Exams 1-14 and Answers

Answer Key


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