Mosby's 2009 Nursing Drug Reference / Edition 22

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If you are going to buy one drug handbook — this should be the one. No other drug handbook enables you to access reliable drug information quicker. With an A-Z organization, each drug is easy to find. But what’s even better is the fact that Mosby’s Nursing Drug Reference gives you the most complete drug information for each drug, including uses, side effects, and interactions. Key nursing considerations are identified to help you assess, administer, evaluate, and teach your patients. Instructions for giving drugs by various routes (e.g., PO, IM, IV) are also included. You will ALWAYS find the latest and most trustworthy drug information in Mosby’s Nursing Drug Reference. There is a difference in drug handbooks — put your trust in Mosby, the leading name in nursing publishing.

• Presents comprehensive coverage of more than 1,300 generic and 4,500 trade-name drugs.
• Organizes monographs alphabetically by generic drug name to allow for fast retrieval of needed information.
• Includes comprehensive drug monographs containing generic names, Rx or OTC designations, pronunciation, U.S. and Canadian trade names, functional and chemical classification, controlled-substance schedule, do-not-confuse drugs, action, uses, unlabeled uses, dosages and routes, available forms, side effects, contraindications, precautions, pharmacokinetics, interactions (including drug/herb, drug/food and drug lab test), nursing considerations, and treatment of overdose.
• Provides concise, practice-oriented nursing considerations: assess, administer, perform/provide, evaluate, and teach patient/family.
• Highlights IV drug information in one easy-to-find place, under the Administer heading, including special considerations and Y-site, syringe, and additive compatibilities.
• Identifies high alert drugs that pose the greatest risk for patient harm if administered incorrectly.
• Features a safety alert icon identifying considerations that require special attention.
• Highlights common and life-threatening side effects for easy identification.
• Features over 400 potential interactions between drugs and herbal products.
• Includes lifespan and disorder-related dosages for newborns, children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric, hepatic, and renal patients.
• Provides special Do Not Confuse headings so you can avoid administering the wrong drug.
• Includes Tall Man lettering as recommended by the FDA to distinguish easily confused drug names.
• Features 14 full-color illustrations that show mechanisms or sites of action for select drug classes such as antidepressants, antiinfectives and antiretroviral agents.
• Features boldface route subheadings — such as PO, IV, and IM — under the Dosage and Routes and the Administer headings to help you find information quickly.
• Includes several detailed multi-product monographs that group all chemically similar forms of insulins, cephalosporins (1st-, 2nd-, 3rd-generation), contraceptives, and penicillins together into single monographs, with cross-references to the individual forms of these drugs.
• Features key Canadian drug content including a listing of high-alert Canadian medications, a Canadian controlled substance chart, an immunization schedule, and a maple leaf to designate Canadian brand names.
• Includes a separate section of drug category information with nursing considerations and a list of common generic drugs for each category.
• Provides a Syringe Compatibility Chart and IV Drug/Solution Compatibility Chart.
• Features formulas for drug calculations and a nomogram for calculation of body surface area for quick retrieval.
• Includes an appendix with the names and uses of approximately 50 of the most commonly used herbal products.
• Offers a combination products appendix covering the forms and uses of more than 500 products.
• Offers a flexible, water-resistant cover for durability in the clinical setting.
• Includes a free mini CD with complete, printable information on the 100 most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States, patient teaching guides in English and Spanish, hundreds of normal laboratory values, English-to-Spanish translations for common drug phrases and terms, and 30 clinical calculators.
• Includes free Internet updates with the latest FDA drug alerts, new drug monographs, tables of recently approved drugs in the U.S., patient teaching guides in English and Spanish, links to useful drug-related websites, information on selected prescription drugs with potential for abuse, an extensive table of orphan drugs, calculators, and a comprehensive Drug Safety reference.

• Includes monographs of 19 new drugs recently approved by the FDA.
• Now features more common off-label dosages and entries than any other drug handbook.
• Provides complete IV administration and compatibility information.
• Features 50 drug categories, including 11 new entries.
• Offers an appendix listing drugs so recently approved that only limited information is available.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The book provides concise guidelines through the nursing process and I found the nursing interventions and considerations most helpful. The dosage and routes are well set out, including special doses for renal drugs, as well as compatibility and treatment of overdose." Nursing Standard, April 22 2009

"The cover of the book informs the reader that it has ‘everything you need to administer drugs’, and indeed looking at the individual drug entries in the book they have an emphasis on administering drugs as opposed to prescribing drugs...The flyleaves of the book contain useful information about drug dosage calculations, body surface area formulae, and syringe mixing drug compatibilities." Nurse Education in Practice, 2009

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323047029
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 6/20/2008
  • Series: Skidmore Nursing Drug Reference Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 22
  • Pages: 1304
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Table of Contents

Visual Guide to Using this Book (inside front cover)

Formulas for Drug Calculations

Nomogram for Calculation of Body Surface Area

Drug Categories

Mechanism and Sites of Action Color Illustrations

Individual Drugs



A. Selected New Drugs

B. Recent FDA Drug Approvals

C. Ophthalmic, Otic, Nasal, and Topical Products

D. Vaccines and Toxoids

E. Antitoxins and Antivenins

F. Herbal Products

G. Combination Products

H. Medications That May be Inappropriate for Geriatric Patients

I. Drugs Metabolized by Known P450s

J. Safety in Handling Chemotherapeutic Agents

K. High-Alert Drugs

L. Controlled Substance Chart

M. Immunization Schedules for Children and Adolescents

N. High-Alert Canadian Medications

O. Canadian Controlled Substance Chart

P. Canadian Recommended Immunization Schedules for Infants and Children

Q. FDA Pregnancy Categories

R. Weights and Equivalents

S. Abbreviations


Mini Companion CD-ROM

IV Drug/Solution Compatibility Chart

Syringe Compatibility Chart (inside back cover)

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