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From The CriticsReviewer: Alexander B. Adams, RRT (Regions Hospital)
Description: This is a drug reference book that, as an extension of the PDR, should serve as a convenient lookup guide for practitioners in cardiopulmonary care. Devoid of references or figures, the book organizes the drugs into sections related to use with descriptions of uses, actions, route/dosage, pharmacokinetics, contraindications, adverse effects, interactions, and clinical implications.
Purpose: The purpose is be a useful guide to the large and often confusing area of drug administration. The book meets the goals by being more useful thanother available sources for drug information. Yet, it takes time to become acquainted with the sections that are shaded, bolded, barred, bulleted, etc.
Audience: This book would be useful to any practitioner involved in prescription or administration of cardiopulmonary drugs. The level of understanding required of the reader is quite advanced, so the book is not appropriate for the beginning student.
Features: The drug sections pertain primarily to cardiopulmonary care, such as bronchodilators and blood pressure and/or cardiac agents, while other sections, such as anti-infective or renal agents, are less pertinent but still useful. The appendixes are quite good in defining acronyms, FDA pregnancy categories, schedules of controlled substances and classifying the cardiac drugs.
Assessment: The authors attempt to compile information on the exhaustive topic of cardiopulmonary medication. Each section and drug description is brief (without citations) and to be used as a reference for drug administration. Readers must be quite familiar with the pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary care since the authors assume such a background. The various sections and subsections are initially confusing, but they become less so after repeated use. This is a very useful alternative to the PDR.