Math for Nurses: A Pocket Guide to Dosage Calculation and Drug Preparation / Edition 5

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Now in its Fifth Edition, this compact, portable and easy-to-use pocket guide provides reference to dosage calculations and drug administration. Using a step-by-step approach, frequent examples are provided to illustrate problem-solving and practical application skills. Contains a review of math skills, measurement systems, and drug calculations and preparations, including dimensional analysis. New features include practice problems, a chapter on drug calculations with drug labels, and a pullout card with basic equivalents, conversion factors, and math formulas. End of chapter reviews encourage reader practice. Details on special population considerations given in the pediatric and geriatric chapters. A great undergraduate resource!

"Contains expanded coverage of intravenous medication and insulin administration plus new chapters covering pediatric and geriatric dosage calculation."

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Reviewer: 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.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781734684
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 10/1/1901
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.23 (w) x 7.08 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents


  2. Preassessment Tests: Mathematics Skills review
  3. Roman Numerals with Arabic Equivalents
  4. Common Fractions The Numerator of a Fraction The Denominator of a Fraction Fractions That Are Less Than One, Equal to One, or More Than One Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions Equivalent or Equal Fractions Simplifying or Reducing Fractions Addition of Fractions Addition of Mixed Numbers Subtraction of Fractions Multiplication of Fractions Division of Fractions
  5. Decimals or Decimal Fractions
  6. Percent, Ratio, and Proportion Percents Fractions and Percents Decimals and Percents Ratio and Proportion Use of Ratio and Proportion: Solving for X Use of Ratio and Proportion: Solving for X Using a Medication Example

    End of Unit I Review


  7. The Metric System/ International System of Units/ SI Common Rules for Metric Notations Meter- Length Liter- Volume Gram- Weight
  8. The Apothecaries' System Common Rules for the Apothecaries' System
  9. Household Measurements
  10. System Equivalents and System Conversions System Conversions Using Volume and Weight Units

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  11. Medication Labels Reading a Drug Label Identifying the Components of a Drug Label Interpreting a Drug Label
  12. Oral Dosage Calculations Use of Ratios and Proportions: Solving for X Formula Method Dosage Problems for Medications in the Same System Dosage Problems for Medications in the Same System but Having Different Units of Measurement Dosage Problems for Medications in Different Systems Pediatric Dosages
  13. Parenteral Dosages Dosage Problems for Medications in the Same System but Having Different Units of Measurement Dosage Problems for Medications in Different Systems Medications Packaged as Powders Preparation of a Single-Strength Solution Preparation of a Multiple-Strength Solution
  14. Intravenous Therapies Calculations for Regulating Flow Rate Calculating Milliliters per Hour Using an Electronic Pump Calculating Milliliters per Hour Using an Electronic Pump for Piggyback Medication Calculating Drops per Minute for Gravity Flow for IV Infusions and Piggyback Medications Constant Factors Calculating Infusion Time Special Considerations Calculating Milliliters per Hour
  15. Drugs Measured in USP Units Insulin Mixing Two Types of Insulin Insulin Delivery System Heparin Heparin Lock Flush Solution Penicillin
  16. Immunostimulants: Vaccines, Toxoids, and Immune Serum Globulins
  17. Solutions Preparing a Solution From a Solution or Pure Drug Preparing a Solution From a Stock Solution

    End of Unit I II review



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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2003

    Fantistic Book

    I got this book to help me with the Math on the Pharm. Tech Test...and it DID! I passed the test after studing this book + a class I took over the internet. It was great math support...I studied and worked every problem...till I knew how to work the problems just by looking at the problem AND I PASSED. Great BOOK!

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