Math for Meds: Dosages and Solutions / Edition 10

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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 students. 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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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

Section 1 Refresher Math, 1 : Relative Value, Addition and Subtraction of Decimals 2 : Multiplication and Division of Decimals 3 : Solving Common Fraction Equations Section 2 : Introduction to Drug Measures 4 : Metric, International (SI) System 5 : Additional Drug Measures: Unit, Percentage, Milliequivalent, Ratio, Household, Apothecary Section 3 : Calculating Dosages From Medication Labels and Syringe Calibrations, and Safe Medication Administration 6 : Oral Medication Labels and Dosage Calculation 7 : Safe Medication Administration 8 : Hypodermic Syringe Measurement 9 : Reading Parenteral Medication Labels and Dosage Calculation 10 : Reconstitution of Powdered Drugs 11 : Measuring Insulin Dosages Section 4 : Dosage Calculations 12 : Ratio and Proportion 13 : Dimensional Analysis/Units Conversion 14 : Formula Method Section 5 : Dosage Calculation from Body Weight and Body Surface Area 15 : Adult and Pediatric Dosages Based on Body Weight 16 : Adult and Pediatric Dosages Based on Body Surface Area Section 6 : Intravenous Calculations 17 : Introduction to IV Therapy 18 : IV Flow Rate Calculation 19 : Calculating IV Infusion and Completion Times 20 : IV Medication and Titration Calculations 21 : Heparin Infusion Calculations Section 7 : Pediatric Medication Calculations 22 : Pediatric Oral and Parenteral Medications 23 : Pediatric Intravenous Medications

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Lots of basic practice with very clear explainations.

    I had to buy this book for an LPN program and complete 14 chapters before classes started. I was able to do the work on my own due to the very clear explanations. This text also provided the correct answers. I did understand the lessons and was able to to the homework with self-study. The excessively high price gave me false expectations of a comprehensive text. It is actually very, very basic information. If you can understand the equation - (D/H) * Q = Dosage, then you don't need this text. Way too expensive! Well-done, nice layout, good examples, but just obscenely expensive.

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