Pharmaceutical Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians: A Worktext / Edition 2

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Math is a critical element of pharmaceutical care and a sound knowledge of math concepts is key to succeeding as a pharmacy technician. The second edition of PHARMACEUTICAL CALCULATIONS FOR PHARMACY TECHNICIANS: A WORKTEXT, provides an effective, hands-on guide to essential math skills, from simple addition and subtraction to formulas used in dosage calculations and basic business math. This highly practical reference helps you develop strong math skills to perform accurate calculations with confidence and prevent medication errors. In addition to informative content, the book includes abundant examples of medication labels, medical forms, and other images to help you apply your professional skills in real-life situations. Now thoroughly updated, this edition is more useful than ever, providing an invaluable resource for students and professional pharmacy technicians alike.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The material is very up-to-date and would really help my students prepare for the math on the national exam. It is superior to many texts on the market in terms of industry standards."Bobbi Steelman, CPT, BSEd, MAEd , Pharmacy Technician Program Director, Daymar Colleges Group Bowling Green, KY

"This book is excellent! In all chapters there are plenty of practice problems which is essential. The math fundamentals are presented well."Douglas Scribner, MEd, CPhT, Director of Pharmacy Technology, Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Reviewer: Lindsay I. Varga, B.S.(Temple University School of Pharmacy)
Description: This workbook is for pharmacy technician students wishing to improve their knowledge in basic math skills, systems of measurement, dosage calculations, and interpreting a medication order. This book approaches these subjects by giving real-life examples that can be seen every day in the pharmacy field.
Purpose: The author's purpose is to empower pharmacy technicians through an understanding of the fundamental skills of calculating drug dosages and converting within the metric, apothecary, and household systems. The book also attempts to provide good understanding of medical terms and the different dosage forms used in the pharmacy. It is absolutely necessary to be proficient in these subjects in order to ensure a safe healthcare environment. Too many lives have been lost due to medication errors that could have been avoided with a little education. This book achieves its goals and then some. The practical, real-life approach to the subject makes learning and applying the new knowledge seamless. Not only is this book important because it is an excellent learning tool, but it is also innovative because it acknowledges the fact that a pharmacy technician is a specialized occupation that requires precision, accuracy, and a wide range of education.
Audience: The book is written primarily for pharmacy technician students. However, many other health professions can benefit from it. Anyone working with prescription medications should read and work through this book. The author is an expert in the field and has had experience with students since he created the associate degree program for pharmacy technicians in 2000 at Florida Metropolitan University.
Features: The book starts by giving a thorough overview of basic math and conversions between different systems of measurement. These important fundamentals could easily become boring, but the author applies them to the daily proceedings in a pharmacy setting and makes them fascinating. The book then goes on to describe different dosage forms, how to calculate doses, and specific considerations when dealing with pediatric and geriatric patients. The strongest feature of the book is its practice problems. There are example problems throughout the tutorial, and then there are a set of problems for the reader to try on their own at the end of each chapter. These problems take on many different perspectives of the subject, which further reinforces the information for the reader. The book also incorporates real pictures of medication labels and shows where to find the information you need on the label.
Assessment: This book is innovative and a perfect learning tool. It is one of the first books to acknowledge the importance of a pharmacy technician's job and prepares the student for work in a pharmacy by relating the material to real-life experiences. It is the first book I have seen to include so many pictures of labels taken directly from manufacturers and forms taken directly from hospitals. This is invaluable exposure to what the technicians will see once they are in the working world. This book prepares pharmacy technicians for the responsibility of ensuring a safe healthcare environment by avoiding medication errors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133131342
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 5/14/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Moini is a Professor of Science at Eastern Florida State College. Formerly the Director of Allied Health Programs at Everest University, where he established the Medical Assisting Program and Associate Degree Program, Dr. Moini also served the Brevard County Health Department as an epidemiologist and health educator consultant, offering continuing education courses on pharmacology, medication errors, immunizations, and other important topics. Before coming to the United States, Dr. Moini spent nine years as an Assistant Professor at Tehran University Medical and Nursing School. An internationally published author of more than eight allied health textbooks, Dr. Moini is actively involved in helping students prepare for careers in various health professions, including pharmacy, nursing, and medical assisting.
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Table of Contents

Part I: INTRODUCTION. 1. Fundamentals of Math. 2. Fractions and Decimals. 3. Ratios, Proportions, and Percents. 4. Celsius and Fahrenheit Temperature Conversions. Part II: PRESCRIPTIONS, DRUG LABELS, AND PERCENTAGE OF ERROR. 5. Interpretation of Prescriptions and Drug Labels. 6. Percentage of Error Due to Equipment. Part III: LIQUID MEASURES, CONCENTRATIONS, AND DILUTIONS. 7. Concentrations. 8. Dilutions and Solutions. Part IV: DOSAGE CALCULATIONS 9. Ratio and Proportion Method. 10. Dimensional Analysis. 11. Formula Method. 12. Oral Medication Labels and Dosage Calculations. 13. Reconstitution of Powdered Drugs. 14. Parenteral Medication Labels and Dosage Calculation. 15. Intravenous Flow Rate Calculations. 16. Pediatric Drug Administration. Part V: PHARMACY OPERATIONS. 17. Business Math. Appendix A: Answers to Stop and Review Activities. Appendix B: Answers to Test Your Knowledge Questions. Appendix C: Answers to Case Studies. Appendix D: The Most Commonly Prescribed Drugs in 2011. Appendix E: Converting Measurements. Glossary. Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    Riddled with errors and irrelevant info. I don't think the autho

    Riddled with errors and irrelevant info. I don't think the author has ever worked as a tech. He hasn't a clue....The math is poorly explained and that's just the start. Do not depend on the answer keys they are wrong as well! 

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