Mosby's 2010 Nursing Drug Reference / Edition 23

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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 22 new monographs recently approved by the FDA.
• Presents thousands of new and updated drug facts, including doses, side effects, pharmacokinetics, interactions and nursing considerations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"With its lists of side effects, interactions - including some of those with herbal remedies - pharmacokinetics and nursing considerations, this nursing drug reference will meet many practioners' needs." Nursing Standard, August 2010
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323066518
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 6/17/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 23
  • Pages: 1312
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Visual Guide to Using this Book (inside front cover)


Nomogram for Calculation of Body Surface Area

Drug Categories

Mechanism and Sites of Action Color Illustrations

2009 Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedules for the United States

Individual Drugs



• Selected New Drugs
• Controlled Substance Chart
• Ophthalmic, Otic, Nasal, and Topical Products
• Vaccines and Toxoids
• Antitoxins and Antivenins
• Combination Products
• Safety in Handling Chemotherapeutic Agents
• FDA Pregnancy Categories
• Weights and Equivalents
• Abbreviations


Mini Companion CD-ROM

IV Drug/Solution Compatibility Chart

Syringe Compatibility Chart (inside back cover)

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    A practical reference that needs some enhancements to format

    I have always been fond of Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses and I opted for this Mosby edition because it was offering a later publication date than Davis's. Though the reference is up to date on content, Mosby's is not utilizing all the available formatting possibilities that a two-color printing can offer.

    For example, a bold green could have been used to highlight precautions instead of bold black. The choice of green and black ink instead of red and black as found in Davis's and Lippincott's drug books doesn't provide enough contrast for my preference when highlighting high priority interaction and teaching information. I also wish the book had a visual reference for identifying less common tablets and capsules.

    I find the content concise and valuable, but caution those less experienced users, such as students who need to present to their instructors on the clinical floor, who might want to seek out Davis's as an alternative.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    Very useful for all healthcare professionals and for home use/

    I am a nurse and in the healthcare system. This drug reference is used every night that I work. This referene is so well used that the pages are already dogeared. In the home, it is an easy read for the lay person to keep up to date on meds perscribed by their doctors. Also the pages are in large print for the visual challenged.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    I'm constantly using it.

    The books has a wealth of information. I'm currently using it now as I write up my report.

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