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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Linda D. Gerson, PhD, RN (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is the 2003 edition of a nursing drug handbook published annually since 1993. The book is written for nurses, nursing students, and other healthcare providers to guide their practice and provision of patient care. The alphabetical listing of drugs by generic name is preceded by an extensive section which includes IV incompatibility charts and a four-color medication atlas. There is a useful appendix.
Purpose: According to the authors, the purpose is to provide essential drug information in a user-friendly format. This is a worthy objective and a needed book, which meets the author's objectives.
Audience: The book is written for nurses, nursing students, and other healthcare professionals. This book is suited to the audience it is intended to target. The book is written by a nurse, who has authored drug handbooks since 1987, and by a pharmacist with 32 years of experience in his field. Both are credible authorities on the subject matter.
Features: This handbook covers current medications through the use of color, a bold, easy to read format, and a CD-ROM. There are useful general and therapeutic indexes, a new drug supplement, and available internet updates. An additional strength is nursing implications for each drug, including patient teaching pointers. The only identifiable limitation is in format. It is hard to determine where each new drug begins on a page.
Assessment: This is a valuable drug reference for nurses and nursing students. Key information is included in a practical format. In particular, it succinctly addresses the nursing process, focusing on assessment, intervention, and evaluation and highlights the area of patient teaching. Compared with other books in the field (Deglin and Vallerand, Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses, 7th edition (F.A. Davis, 2001) and Karch, 2003 Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003)), this book is a worthwhile resource. This edition is needed as it incorporates the latest new drug information.