Calculating Drug Doses Safely

2nd Edition

A Handbook For Nurses and Midwives

Authors:

  • George Downie
  • Jean Mackenzie
  • Arthur Williams
  • Key Features

    • Real-life examples taken from prescriptions and medicine labels will help nurses to relate the mathematical theory to everyday clinical practice
    • Revision of the underlying arithmetic ensures a solid basis
    • A stepped approach allows readers to proceed at their own pace
    • More advanced material is included to suit a range of abilities

    Table of Contents

    Preface

    Acknowledgements

    Introduction: Why this book is needed 

    How to use this book

    Pre-test

    Section 1 What you require to do a drug calculation

    1 Prescriptions, labels and SI units

    2 Arithmetic

    Questions on Section 1

    Section 2 How to do a drug calculation

    3 Drug calculations explained 

    4 Calculating oral and other non-parenteral doses 

    5 Calculating parenteral doses: small volume 

    6 Calculating parenteral doses: large volume 

    Questions on Section 2

    Section 3 How to do a drug calculation in special situations

    7 Calculating in obstetrics

    8 Calculating in paediatrics

    9 Calculations in liver disease and renal impairment

    Supporting information

    A Abbreviations

    B Arithmetical signs

    C Glossary 

    D Answers to section questions

    E Answers to calculation exercises

    F Post-test

    G Answers to post-test

    Index 

    Details

    No. of pages:
    216
    Language:
    English
    Copyright:
    © 2011
    Published:
    Imprint:
    Churchill Livingstone
    Print ISBN:
    9780702031847
    Electronic ISBN:
    9780702059889

    About the authors

    George Downie

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Director of Pharmacy and Medicines Management, NHS Grampian, Aberdeen, UK

    Jean Mackenzie

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Formerly Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK

    Arthur Williams

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Formerly Chief Administrative Pharmaceutical Officer, Grampian Orkney, Shetland and Tayside Health Boards, Aberdeen, UK