Drug Calculations for Nurses : A Step-by-Step Approach book cover
5th Edition

Drug Calculations for Nurses
A Step-by-Step Approach

ISBN 9780367522322
Published July 29, 2021 by Routledge
414 Pages 21 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This new edition of Drug Calculations for Nurses teaches healthcare professionals how to perform drug calculations with confidence and competence. It provides step-by-step guidance to carry out accurate drug calculations, with units and drug strengths clearly explained.

This bestselling pocket-size book begins with the basic mathematical skills required to perform calculations, including tips on estimating answers. It then covers drug strengths and concentrations, dosage calculations, IV infusion therapies, and pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Separate chapters focus on children, adults and the elderly, addressing specific challenges encountered in these populations, with new content on pregnancy, and renal and liver function. Helpful worked examples, key points, and objectives are included in every chapter, and this new edition includes more calculations for prescribing and patient-focused scenarios. The companion website, www.drugcalcsnurses.co.uk, provides a comprehensive test bank, with a pre-test and revision test to identify strengths and weaknesses, along with additional practice questions for readers to test themselves on.

Designed for students and practitioners in nursing, midwifery and allied health, this textbook enables readers to improve their numeracy skills for clinical practice and develop their understanding of the broader context for these calculations.

Table of Contents

Part I  1.Introduction  2.Basics  3.First Principles  4.Percent and Percentages  5.Units and Equivalences  6.Moles and Millimoles  7.Drug Strengths or Concentrations  Part II  8.Dosage Calculations  9.Infusion Rate Calculations  10.Intravenous Therapy and Infusion Devices  Part III  11.Action and Administration of Medicines  12.Adverse Drug Reactions  13.Drug Interactions  14.Children and Medicines  15.Older people and Medicines  16.Medicines- Pregnancy and Breastfeeding  17.Sources and Interpretation of Drug Information  18.Answers to Problem.  Appendices

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Robert Lapham is a Medicines Information and Formulary Pharmacist at the South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, UK.