Saunders Nursing Drug Handbook 2009 / Edition 1

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Written by a unique nurse/pharmacist author team, Saunders Nursing Drug Handbook presents drug information in an order that reflects your thought process when a prescription is ordered. It helps you provide better patient care by guiding you through clinical priorities in the practice setting and with comprehensive coverage of IV drug administration. Organized alphabetically by generic drug name, this handbook is an easy-to-use guide to thousands of medications. It’s ideal for the busy nurse!

• Over 1,000 generic name drugs — encompassing over 4,000 trade name drugs — are presented alphabetically with A-to-Z thumb tabs for quick and easy access.
• Side effects are distinguished from adverse effects/toxic reactions and are listed according to the frequency of occurrence, allowing you to easily identify which side effects are most likely to occur.
• Promotes safe drug administration with a special icon and text style to highlight drugs that pose the greatest risk for patient harm and with an appendix for drug names that sound or look alike.
• Includes “Tall Man” spelling as recommended by the FDA to distinguish easily confused drug names.
• UNIQUE! Incorporates entities for frequently-used herbs in the A-to-Z section of the book, with additional herb information in the appendix.
• Coverage of herbal interactions within drug entries reminds you to consider the implications of any supplements your patients may be taking.
• Includes a classifications section with an overview of actions and uses for drug families.
• UNIQUE! Identifies the top 400 prescribed drugs.
• Nursing considerations are organized in a functional nursing process framework with headings for baseline assessment, intervention/evaluation, and patient/family teaching.
• Includes lifespan and disorder-related dosage variations, such as pediatric, geriatric, hepatic, and immune- or renal-compromised patients.
• Expanded IV content includes a heading for IV compatibilities, plus rates of infusion, reconstitutions, drip rates, test doses, flushing, and incompatibilities.
• Includes fixed combinations in dosages of each combined drug directly within the individual monographs.
• Incorporates therapeutic and toxic blood level information into the Interactions section and under Nursing Implications.
• UNIQUE! Cross references 400 top U.S. brand-name drugs directly in the main section of the book.
• A comprehensive foldout IV Compatibility Chart offers quick access to compatibility information for 67 intravenous drugs.
• Provides a new drug supplement with abbreviated monographs on the latest FDA-approved drugs released in the spring of 2008.
• Newly FDA-approved drugs are listed in the front of the book for quick reference.
• The mini-CD is not included, but may be ordered from faculty support. All CD information can be found on the Evolve website.
• Free access to the Evolve website includes quarterly drug updates and other valuable drug-related information.

• 23 new FDA-approved drugs include full monographs with the most current drug information.
• New interactions, precautions, alerts, patient teaching instructions, and other need-to-know information are included to ensure safe drug information.
• Shaded headings highlight IV compatibilities/incompatibilities and alerts.
• Medication administration guidelines appendix is updated.
• Appendix tabs include the full appendix title.
Evolve Resources • Quarterly drug updates • Customizable and printable monographs for the 200 most-commonly used drugs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416059899
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/8/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1538
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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Table of Contents

List of newly approved drugs IV Compatibility Chart Insert Drugs by Disorder Section I. Drug Classifications Section II. A-Z Drugs Section III. Reference Section

• Appendix A Calculation of Doses
• Appendix B Controlled Drugs (United States)
• Appendix C Drip Rates for Critical Care Medications
• Appendix D Drugs of Abuse
• Appendix E Equi-Analgesic Drugs
• Appendix F FDA Pregnancy Categories
• Appendix G Herbal Therapies and Interactions
• Appendix H Lifespan and Cultural Aspects of Drug Therapy
• Appendix I Normal Laboratory Values
• Appendix J Orphan Drugs
• Appendix K P450 inducers and inhibitors
• Appendix L Poison Antidote Chart
• Appendix M Preventing Medication Errors and Improving Medication Safety
• Appendix N Recommended Childhood and Adult Immunizations
• Appendix O Signs and Symptoms of Electrolyte Imbalance
• Appendix P Sound Alike and Look Alike Drugs
• Appendix Q Spanish Phrases Often Used in the Clinical Setting
• Appendix R Techniques of Medication Administration
New Drug Supplement Comprehensive Index Dangerous Abbreviations Rapid-Sequence Intubation Common Abbreviations

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