Math for Meds: Dosage and Solutions / Edition 9

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Follow the leader. Math for Meds has helped nearly one million nurses and other health care professionals become safe practitioners of dosage calculations. This classic resource continues to blaze the trail into a ninth edition, with its ratio and proportion method and building-block organization. Hundreds of full-color images of drug labels, syringes, and equipment complement the range of calculation competencies - from reading medication labels to calculating flow rates for heparin infusion. The straightforward language has also been retained, as the ninth edition preserves the tradition of making the complex understandable.

The book contains color illustrations.

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Reviewer: 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).
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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401831226
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/7/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.14 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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

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Table of Contents

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    Great book for student nurses!

    This book is a great step by step guide for administering medications. However, the book sometimes have the wrong answers printed in the answer section.

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