Math for Health Care Professionals Quick Review / Edition 1

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Math for Health Care Professionals Quick Review is perfect for the learner who needs a refresher on math concepts pertaining to health care. A quick review of concepts is included in each chapter and then there are numerous practice problems for the learner to solve and get reacquainted with the various math concepts. While the fundamentals of mathematics are foundational to this book, their application to health care is emphasized. Drug dosages, intake and output, weights and measures, temperatures, IV drip rates, and conversions are a focus. Illustrations of syringes, prescriptions, medication labels, IV bags, and I and O charts allow the reader to practice real-life health care skills requiring mathematics.

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Reviewer: Mary Allen Carey, PhD (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: This is a comprehensive, concise math review for individuals enrolled in or interested in any of the healthcare professions.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a quick math review. Math can be a difficult subject for students of the health professions and this book provides the review structure for them. The author meets this worthy objective.
Audience: The book is written at a level appropriate for both secondary and post-secondary readers. According to the author, instructors have the flexibility of selecting the skill needed for each student from a cafeteria style format and students will enjoy the easy to read format and thorough explanations of each concept. The author is a credible authority.
Features: The book has 10 chapters that address basic math principles, applications including dosage calculations, weights and measurement, calculating input and output. Each chapter has learning objectives, key terms, skill sharpener exercises, and self-assessment post-tests with answers. Other features include conversion tables and practice opportunities for each skill.
Assessment: The book provides a good basic math review for students of the health professions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401880057
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/21/2004
  • Series: Math and Writing for Health Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Kennamer, MPA, NREMT-P, currently serves as director of workforce development at Northeast Alabama Community College, where he previously served as chair of the skills training division and director of the EMS department. Kennamer has authored several books and video series, and has contributed to a number of projects, including both print and web-based projects. His experience in teaching in and administering a variety of allied health programs gives him a strong foundation from which to write.

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Table of Contents

Preface x
Organization x
Features xi
Also Available xi
About the Author xii
Acknowledgments xii
Feedback xiv
To the Reader xv
Study Tips xv
Calculators xvi
Conclusion xvi
Unit 1 Basic Principles
Chapter 1 Numerical Systems 3
Introduction 4
Objective 1.1 List the common numerical systems in use today 4
Objective 1.2 Convert Roman numerals to Hindu-Arabic numerals 6
Objective 1.3 Convert Hindu-Arabic numerals to Roman numerals 7
Conclusion 9
Self-Assessment Post-Test 10
Chapter 2 Measurement Systems 11
Introduction 12
Objective 2.1 List systems of measurement commonly utilized in the health care industry 12
Objective 2.2 List and define key components of the apothecary system 13
Objective 2.3 List and define key components of the household system 16
Objective 2.4 List and define key components of the metric system 17
Conclusion 19
Self-Assessment Post-Test 20
Chapter 3 Decimals 21
Introduction 22
Objective 3.1 Define decimals 22
Objective 3.2 Explain place value of decimals 22
Objective 3.3 Explain advantages of using decimals 24
Objective 3.4 Compare decimals 25
Objective 3.5 Round decimals 27
Objective 3.6 Add decimals 28
Objective 3.7 Subtract decimals 30
Objective 3.8 Multiply decimals 31
Objective 3.9 Divide decimals 34
Objective 3.10 Average decimals 36
Conclusion 39
Self-Assessment Post-Test 40
Chapter 4 Fractions 47
Introduction 49
Objective 4.1 Define fractions 49
Objective 4.2 Explain advantages of using fractions 50
Objective 4.3 Find the numerator 51
Objective 4.4 Find the denominator 51
Objective 4.5 Order fractions 52
Objective 4.6 Add fractions with common denominators 54
Objective 4.7 Subtract fractions with common denominators 55
Objective 4.8 Define mixed number 57
Objective 4.9 Add mixed numbers with common denominators 57
Objective 4.10 Subtract mixed numbers with common denominators 59
Objective 4.11 Define factors 60
Objective 4.12 Find common factors 61
Objective 4.13 Find the greatest common factor 63
Objective 4.14 Reduce fractions 64
Objective 4.15 Define proper fraction 66
Objective 4.16 Define improper fraction 67
Objective 4.17 Change improper fractions to proper fractions 67
Objective 4.18 Define multiple 69
Objective 4.19 Define least common multiple 70
Objective 4.20 Find the least common denominator 72
Objective 4.21 Add fractions with uncommon denominators 74
Objective 4.22 Subtract fractions with uncommon denominators 76
Objective 4.23 Use borrowing to subtract fractions 78
Objective 4.24 Change mixed numbers to improper fractions 81
Objective 4.25 Multiply fractions 83
Objective 4.26 Multiply fractions using canceling 84
Objective 4.27 Multiply fractions and whole numbers 86
Objective 4.28 Multiply fractions and mixed numbers 87
Objective 4.29 Divide fractions 89
Conclusion 92
Self-Assessment Post-Test 93
Chapter 5 Ratios and Proportions 101
Introduction 102
Objective 5.1 Define ratio 102
Objective 5.2 Define proportion 103
Objective 5.3 Determine if proportions are equal 104
Objective 5.4 Solve for a missing component in a proportion 105
Objective 5.5 Solve practical problems using proportions 107
Conclusion 110
Self-Assessment Post-Test 111
Chapter 6 Percentages 115
Introduction 116
Objective 6.1 Define percent 116
Objective 6.2 Convert decimals to percentages 117
Objective 6.3 Convert percentages to decimals 117
Objective 6.4 Solve to find a percent using multiplication and division 118
Objective 6.5 Solve to find a percent using proportions 121
Conclusion 123
Self-Assessment Post-Test 124
Chapter 7 Conversions 127
Introduction 128
Objective 7.1 Convert from decimal to fraction 128
Objective 7.2 Convert from decimal to percent 129
Objective 7.3 Convert from fraction to decimal 130
Objective 7.4 Convert from fraction to percent 133
Objective 7.5 Convert from percent to fraction 135
Objective 7.6 Convert from percent to decimal 137
Objective 7.7 Convert units of measure within the metric system 138
Objective 7.8 Convert units of measure within the apothecary system 140
Objective 7.9 Convert units of measure within the household system 142
Objective 7.10 Convert between the apothecary, household, and metric systems 145
Conclusion 147
Self-Assessment Post-Test 148
Unit 2 Applications
Chapter 8 Medication Dosage Calculations 153
Introduction 154
Objective 8.1 List the components of a typical medication label 154
Objective 8.2 Read a medication label 161
Objective 8.3 Read a prescription 164
Objective 8.4 Read a syringe 167
Objective 8.5 Determine the amount of fluid remaining in an intravenous bag 169
Objective 8.6 Calculate intravenous drip rates 171
Objective 8.7 Determine the concentration of solutions 174
Objective 8.8 Calculate medication dosages using proportions 178
Objective 8.9 Convert medication dosages for home use 181
Conclusion 183
Self-Assessment Post-Test 184
Chapter 9 Weights and Measures 195
Introduction 196
Objective 9.1 Read scales 196
Objective 9.2 Convert between English and metric weight measurements 198
Objective 9.3 Read an English (household) ruler 203
Objective 9.4 Read a metric ruler 207
Objective 9.5 Convert between English and metric length measurements 210
Objective 9.6 Read a thermometer 213
Objective 9.7 Convert between Fahrenheit and Celsius 217
Objective 9.8 Determine body surface area 220
Conclusion 224
Self-Assessment Post-Test 225
Chapter 10 Measuring Intake and Output 237
Introduction 238
Objective 10.1 Define intake and output 238
Objective 10.2 Accurately measure urinary output 238
Objective 10.3 Determine total daily output 243
Objective 10.4 Determine intake by estimating 246
Objective 10.5 Discover fluid imbalances by comparing intake and output 247
Conclusion 249
Self-Assessment Post-Test 250
Unit 3 Additional Learning Resources
Appendix A Resources 257
Multiplication Table 257
Height and Weight Charts 258
Pediatric Growth Charts 260
Body Surface Area Nomogram 262
Appendix B Abbreviations 263
Appendix C Equivalents 265
Linear Measure 265
Weight 265
Liquid Measure 266
Time 266
Dry Measure 266
Appendix D Glossary 267
Appendix E Final Summative Evaluation 273
Answers to Questions 281
Index 299
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