Saunders Nursing Drug Handbook 2010

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Ideal for nurses in busy practice settings, this innovative, easy-to-use drug resource with over 1,000 drug entries guides you through clinical priorities and reflects the typical thought process behind ordering prescriptions to help you provide more effective patient care. Detailed coverage of IV drug administration, nursing considerations, and fixed combinations make this handbook essential for everyday practice!

• Entries for over 1,000 generic name drugs (encompassing over 4,000 trade name drugs) organized alphabetically with A to Z tabs provide quick and easy access to key content.
• Detailed information on each drug including side effects and adverse reactions with frequency of occurrence allows you to quickly identify potential complications.
• Icons highlighting drugs with the highest risks for patient harm, a sound-alike and lookalike drug appendix, and “tall man spellings” recommended by the FDA promote drug administration safety.
• Frequently-used herb monographs and additional herb information in the appendix highlight the most common herbs you’ll encounter in practice.
• An overview of actions and uses for drug families offers a snapshot of important drug information for each class.
• UNIQUE! Monographs identify the top 200 prescribed drugs to help you identify the most frequently administered drugs.
• Nursing implications organized in the functional nursing process framework includes content on baseline assessment, intervention/evaluation, and patient and family teaching.
• Lifespan and disorder-related dosage variations prepare you to treat the specific needs of each patient population.
• Extensively updated IV content includes IV compatibilities, expanded rates of infusion, reconstitutions, drip rates, test doses, flushing, and incompatibilities to help you find relevant information quickly.
• Therapeutic and toxic blood level information provides you with patient implications for drug administration.
• Comprehensive foldout IV compatibility chart includes essential compatibility information for 65 intravenous drugs.
• A list of newly approved drugs in the front of the book allows you to easily locate the latest drugs.

• Over 15 monographs for newly FDA-approved drugs include the most current drug information available.
• 270 Black Box Alerts highlight drugs with a significant risk of serious or life-threatening adverse effects.
• Content on allergic rhinitis, wound care, and parenteral fluid administration added to the appendix keep you informed on situations you’ll encounter in practice.
• Monographs for new neuropathy, overactive bladder, and growth hormone drugs familiarize you with the latest treatment therapies.
• A new, easy-to-understand design highlights fixed combinations to help you find important information easily.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437703009
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/29/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 1520
  • Product dimensions: 4.72 (w) x 7.32 (h) x 1.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Cancer Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa, FL, USA

Education Coordinator, Department of Pharmacy, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

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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

Appendix S Chronic Wound Care Products

Appendix T Parenteral Fluid Administration

New Drug Supplement

Comprehensive Index

Dangerous Abbreviations

Rapid-Sequence Intubation

Common Abbreviations

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Saunders Nursing Drug Handbook was one of many choices, but upon review, I find this drug book to best suite my needs for a quick and complete reference on commona dn less common medications for which I have need to review.

    The feature which finalized my decision to purchase was the seeing that all medications are presented in alphabetical order by medication name. I have found over my many years of using drug reference manuals, this presentation makes is easy and quick to find and review a medication, not always requiring seeking the page in the index first as some drug references which have medications presented by classification.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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