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:
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.
Table of Contents
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
A: Working with Temperature Conversions
B: Working with Capsule Dosage Forms
C: Dealing with Pediatric Dosages
D: Understanding Essential Business Math
"Calculations are explained in great detail in a logical fashion. The formulas are helpful and explained in several ways. The information is presented so that verification for accuracy is easily done. … Information provided in this text is more complete and detailed than in other math textbooks. I recommend this volume as a textbook or as a supplemental course book. Students could also benefit from Essential Math as a reference book. It should be a very valuable addition to their pharmacy technician library."
- Ray Vellenga, Journal of Pharmacy Technology