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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Shari J. Lynn, RN, MSN (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This drug calculation reference for students and nurses covers all aspects of drug calculation and includes a laminated reference card. The original edition was published in 1987.
Purpose: The purpose is to create an easy to use drug reference to assist nurses and students in proper dosage calculations, thus reducing medication errors. The objectives are worthy as this is a much needed guide.
Audience: This book is written for nurses and students. The author is a credible source.
Features: The pocket guide covers drug administration, various systems of measurement, dosage calculation, and problem solving techniques. Basic conversions are well covered, as is how to read drug labels. Example problems assist the reader in gaining greater knowledge in dealing with dosage calculations and problem solving.
Assessment: This is a very comprehensive reference. It begins with basic math, instead of assuming that the reader has previously mastered this knowledge. This is a much needed update.