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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathryn Kushto-Reese, MS, RN (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a very up-to-date book on dosage calculations with illustrations and unique key points.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a way for learners to perform dosage calculations at their own pace. The degree of difficulty is progressive and each section is explained and illustrated with examples. This book is much needed, especially with the safety issues related to all hospital care but particularly related to medication administration errors. The book meets the objectives well.
Audience: The book is written for a diverse range of learners. In my judgment, it is most appropriate for students, but it could be a valuable resource in hospitals for new or current staff having difficulty with passing a dosage exam or with medication administration in general. The author appears credible as do the reviewers, who are nurses and educators knowledgeable about medication practices.
Features: The book covers all relevant information, from adult to pediatric medications, IVs, IMs SCs, etc. Many different formulas are used, which is helpful for different learning styles. The book has a well organized format that uses a progression of difficulty and many illustrations together with problems, which are excellent for the visual learner. I like the key points and the summary at the end of the chapters before the test. The book gives multiple examples — of IV pumps, for example — which are helpful for realistic application in clinical. The appendix is very good with the sample MARs and order sheets. However, I did not see any needleless syringes/systems, which are the current trend in practice for increased safety.
Assessment: This is a very versatile and up-to-date book with a logical format and great illustrations. I think it can be helpful beyond the student realm because it is so congruent with current practice. I like it better than some of the Mosby publications, such as Calculation of Drug Dosages, 7th Edition, by Ogden (Mosby, 2003) and I like it as much as the book I currently use, Calculate With Confidence, 3rd Edition, by Morris (Mosby, 2002).