Math for Meds: Dosages and Solutions / Edition 7

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This exceptional 7th Edition quickly reviews and updates all essential math skills in an easy to understand refresher math section. Hundreds of beautiful color photographs are used to demonstrate a variety of real medications, drug labels, and hypodermic syringes which help you visually calculate and measure drug dosages.

Math for Meds makes learning realistic and exactly as you will encounter in the clinical setting. A choice of ratio and proportion formats allows you to choose the math you are familiar with. Simple and easy to use formulas are included for many calculations.

Extensive coverage of intravenous therapy includes basic IV setups, types of IV solutions, interpreting IV orders, and calculating safe dosages. Illustrated explanations will familiarize you with state of the art electronic infusion devices.

Special sections include pediatric calculations and medication administration, insulin dosages, heparin therapy, flow rates and titrations in critical care, and more. This exciting and comprehensive text is guaranteed to teach everything you need to know about dosages and solutions!

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: 9780918082077
  • Publisher: Cengage Delmar Learning
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 321

Meet the Author

Anna Curren has been writing inspired clinical textbooks for more than 40 years. A nurse and former Associate Professor at California's Long Beach City College, she first wrote this text when the one she was using bore no resemblance to her students' clinical needs. Her graduate degree in instructional design, along with many student and instructor reviews, helped her create what is now the most adopted text on the subject. Also a successful entrepreneur, Ms. Curren founded Wallcur, Inc., a company which produces instructional products, including Injecta-Pad, Practi-Amp, Practi-Insulin Training Pack, and other learning resources. Ms. Curren also wrote the best-selling Dimensional Analysis For Meds, also by Cengage Learning.

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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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