This text equips nurses with the decision making skills to ensure that medication dosages are calculated correctly and administered safely. The book integrates critical thinking and decision making into the dosage calculation process and uses a realistic case study approach, with photos of nurses, patients, tablets, solutions, syringes, injectables, and drug labels. The formula method and ratio and proportion method are both presented for all problems, and a separate appendix explains the dimensional analysis method.
Tables of equivalents, formulas, and abbreviations used in medication orders appear on the inside cover. A pocket card with common measurements and conversions is included.
Chapter 1: Mathematics Review
Chapter 2: Systems of Measurement
Chapter 3: Preparing Drugs for Administration and Selecting Equipment
Chapter 4: Interpreting Drug Orders Accurately
Chapter 5: Reading Drug Labels Correctly
Chapter 6: Strategies & Methods for Calculating Dosages Correctly
Chapter 7: Calculating Oral Medication Dosages
Chapter 8: Calculating Parenteral Medication Dosages
Chapter 9: Calculating Intravenous Rates
Chapter 10: Advanced Intravenous Calculation Skills
Chapter 11: Calculating Pediatric Dosages Safely
Chapter 12: Using the Dimensional Analysis Method
Comprehensive Practice Exams
Answers to Practice Exams