Math for Meds : Dosages & Solutions

Overview

Increase your confidence and aptitude in dosage calculations with the best-selling ratio and proportion book on the market! Learn from the master, Anna Curren, who has successfully taught dosage calculations to thousands of people. This new edition of Math for Meds includes full-color drug labels and syringes throughout, which are tied to questions that test your understanding and mastery of the concepts. With the goal of helping you become a safe and effective practitioner, Math for Meds walks you through basic ...

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Overview

Increase your confidence and aptitude in dosage calculations with the best-selling ratio and proportion book on the market! Learn from the master, Anna Curren, who has successfully taught dosage calculations to thousands of people. This new edition of Math for Meds includes full-color drug labels and syringes throughout, which are tied to questions that test your understanding and mastery of the concepts. With the goal of helping you become a safe and effective practitioner, Math for Meds walks you through basic and advanced calculations in detail, including intravenous and pediatric calculations.

The book contains color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Van de Castle
This dosage and calculation book is a complete learning package from basic math review to titration of IV medication. This is the eighth edition; the previous edition was published in 1995. The purpose is to provide the reader with the calculation skills needed to practice alone in the profession. This is a global objective that is certainly accomplished by the authors. This book is for allied health students but would be a fine reference for nursing and staff educators as well. I have always liked these books in the past, and the authors are well qualified. A basic review of math calculations using ratio, proportion, and formula methods is presented. There is some use of color and samples of drug labels. Self tests are offered at the end of each chapter. There are also calculations of the BSA provided, using a formula instead of just the West Nomogram. The formula method is more accurate than the Nomogram. In Section 5 the authors deal with medication administration systems but only discuss paper forms. In this day and age, computerized methods should also be discussed. There does not seem to be much difference between the seventh and eighth editions. It would be nice to have more information regarding computerized documentation of medication or even computer generated MARs.
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Reviewer:Barbara Van de Castle, MSN, RN, CS(Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description:This dosage and calculation book is a complete learning package from basic math review to titration of IV medication. This is the eighth edition; the previous edition was published in 1995.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide the reader with the calculation skills needed to practice alone in the profession. This is a global objective that is certainly accomplished by the authors.
Audience:This book is for allied health students but would be a fine reference for nursing and staff educators as well. I have always liked these books in the past, and the authors are well qualified.
Features:A basic review of math calculations using ratio, proportion, and formula methods is presented. There is some use of color and samples of drug labels. Self tests are offered at the end of each chapter. There are also calculations of the BSA provided, using a formula instead of just the West Nomogram. The formula method is more accurate than the Nomogram. In Section 5 the authors deal with medication administration systems but only discuss paper forms. In this day and age, computerized methods should also be discussed.
Assessment:There does not seem to be much difference between the seventh and eighth editions. It would be nice to have more information regarding computerized documentation of medication or even computer generated MARs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401888084
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005

Meet the Author

Former Associate Professor of Nursing, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Relative value, addition and subtraction of decimals 2
Ch. 2 Multiplication and division of decimals 11
Ch. 3 Solving common fraction equations 22
Ch. 4 Metric, international (SI) system 36
Ch. 5 Additional drug measures : unit, percentage, milliquivalent, ratio, apothecary, household 46
Ch. 6 Reading oral medication labels 56
Ch. 7 Hypodermic syringe measurement 76
Ch. 8 Reading parenteral medication labels 93
Ch. 9 Reconstitution of powdered drugs 111
Ch. 10 Measuring insulin dosages 125
Ch. 11 Dosage calculation using ratio and proportion 140
Ch. 12 Formula method 171
Ch. 13 Adult and pediatric dosages based on body weight 180
Ch. 14 Adult and pediatric dosages based on body surface area 195
Ch. 15 Introduction to IV therapy 206
Ch. 16 IV flow rate calculation 220
Ch. 17 Calculating IV infusion and completion times 237
Ch. 18 IV medication and titration calculations 257
Ch. 19 Heparin infusion calculations 275
Ch. 20 Pediatric oral and parenteral medications 288
Ch. 21 Pediatric intravenous medications 295
App. A Medication administration records 309
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