1st Edition

# Essential Math and Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians

By

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## Mansoor A. Khan

ISBN 9781587161476
Published September 26, 2003 by Routledge
238 Pages 82 B/W Illustrations

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## Book Description

Accurately calculating medication dosages is a critical element in pharmaceutical care that directly affects optimal patient outcomes. Unfortunately, medication dosage errors happen in pharmacies, in hospitals, or even at home or in homecare settings everyday. In extreme cases, even minor dosage errors can have dire consequences. Careful calculations are essential to providing optimal medical and pharmaceutical care.

Essential Math and Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians fills the need for a basic reference that students and professionals can use to help them understand and perform accurate calculations. Organized in a natural progression from the basic to the complex, the book includes:

• Roman and Arabic Numerals
• Fractions and decimals
• Ratios, proportions, and percentages
• Systems of measurement including household conversions
• Interpretation of medication orders
• Isotonicity, pH, buffers, and reconstitutions
• Intravenous flow rates
• Insulin and Heparin products
• Pediatric dosage

Packed with numerous solved examples and practice problems, the book presents the math in a step-by-step style that allows readers to quickly grasp concepts. The authors explain the fundamentals simply and clearly and include ample practice problems that help readers become proficient. The focus on critical thinking, real-life problem scenarios, and the self-test format make Essential Math and Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians an indispensable learning tool.

Working with Roman and Arabic Numerals
Using Fractions and Decimals in Pharmacy Math
Using Ratios, Proportions and Percentages in Dosage Calculations
Applying Systems of Measurements
Interpreting Medication Orders
Identifying Prescription Errors and Omissions
Working with Liquid Dosage Forms
Working with Solid Dosage Forms
Working with Buffer and Ionization Values
Dealing with Reconstitutions
Determining Milliequivalent Strengths
Calculating Caloric Values
Determining IV Flow Rates
Working with Insulin and Heparin Products
Appendices:
A: Working with Temperature Conversions
B: Working with Capsule Dosage Forms
C: Dealing with Pediatric Dosages