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Ideal as both a self-paced introductory program to the mathematics of drug dosages and as a quick refresher, this superb review systematically reinforces readers' understanding of basic arithmetic and its application to pharmacologic dosing. Real-world dosage calculation problems give readers the opportunity to apply what they've learned and check the accuracy of their responses.

A pretest, numerous practice problems, and a comprehensive exam help assess strengths, pace learning, and identify areas in need of further study. Addresses dosage calculation for oral, intravenous, and intramuscular routes of administration and offers tips to avoid potential dosing errors.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

Widely used for more than 25 years, this text/workbook is a self-paced introduction to the mathematics of drug dosages. The book employs a systematically reinforced learning approach that provides a review of basic math and its application to dosages. Students have the opportunity to immediately apply information learned using real dosage calculation problems and to check their answers for constructive feedback.

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Reviewer: Barbara VandeCastle, MSN, RN (Johns Hopkins University )
Description: This programmed drug calculations textbook contains a sample of problems for each area of healthcare practice. This is the sixth edition, which has been updated from the fifth edition published in 1992.
Purpose: The goal is to enable the reader to solve mathematical calculations that may be stated in different systems of measurement or may be more or less than the amount of medication ordered. The author meets this goal with this text incorporating a group of math problems geared for learners to progress at their own pace.
Audience: According to the author, this book is for anyone responsible for medication administration. I think it is a good review of all areas of clinical mathematics needed by students and practicing nurses. It should also be a great book for those students who want extra practice prior to their clinical rotations.
Features: The author begins with a review of some simple self-assessments of math calculations. She also provides a glossary and a table of abbreviations. The chapters are set up so that the user reads the appropriate text on the left hand side of the page while covering the right hand side with the provided bookmark/cover. Users can proceed at their own pace and test their skills as they go through the book. The chapters follow an understandable sequence that sends the student through samples of problems that build on previous chapters. There are problems to review the metric and household systems and then a follow up chapter on mastering equivalents. There are also chapters on syringe use, reading drug labels, mixing parenteral medications, and intravenous medications. The end of the book has a self-examination that is comprehensive with a total of fifty questions.
Assessment: This book could possibility be the turning point for students with math anxiety. It is straightforward and builds on previous problems. It should be used in conjunction with a complete dosage and calculation text. Calculations that include body surface area are not found in this book, but there is a section on infants and children. The drug label section is new to this edition and is a great addition — even though the problems are easy they do incorporate similar problems thought out the book.
Barbara VandeCastle
This programmed drug calculations textbook contains a sample of problems for each area of healthcare practice. This is the sixth edition, which has been updated from the fifth edition published in 1992. The goal is to enable the reader to solve mathematical calculations that may be stated in different systems of measurement or may be more or less than the amount of medication ordered. The author meets this goal with this text incorporating a group of math problems geared for learners to progress at their own pace. According to the author, this book is for anyone responsible for medication administration. I think it is a good review of all areas of clinical mathematics needed by students and practicing nurses. It should also be a great book for those students who want extra practice prior to their clinical rotations. The author begins with a review of some simple self-assessments of math calculations. She also provides a glossary and a table of abbreviations. The chapters are set up so that the user reads the appropriate text on the left hand side of the page while covering the right hand side with the provided bookmark/cover. Users can proceed at their own pace and test their skills as they go through the book. The chapters follow an understandable sequence that sends the student through samples of problems that build on previous chapters. There are problems to review the metric and household systems and then a follow up chapter on mastering equivalents. There are also chapters on syringe use, reading drug labels, mixing parenteral medications, and intravenous medications. The end of the book has a self-examination that is comprehensive with a total of fifty questions. Thisbook could possibility be the turning point for students with math anxiety. It is straightforward and builds on previous problems. It should be used in conjunction with a complete dosage and calculation text. Calculations that include body surface area are not found in this book, but there is a section on infants and children. The drug label section is new to this edition and is a great addition -- even though the problems are easy they do incorporate similar problems thought out the book.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781718752
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 187

Table of Contents

PreTest Knowledge Self-Assessment 
 
  1 Review of Arithmetic
  2 Using the Metric System
  3 Using Household Measurements
  4 Mastering Equivalents
  5 Reading Drug Labels
  6 Calculating Oral Medication Dosage
  7 Selecting a Syringe for Parenteral Injections
  8 Calculating Injectable Liquid Dosage
  9 Administering Drugs Measured in Units
10 Preparing Drugs Packaged as Powders and Tablets
11 Mixing Parenteral Medications
12 Preparing Solutions
13 Administering Intravenous Medications
14 Medications for Infants and Children
 
PostTest Comprehensive Self-Examination 
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