Description

Comprehensive yet easy to read, Pharmacology: Principles and Applications, 3rd Edition introduces you to basic pharmacology, showing how to apply principles to the kinds of clinical situations you will encounter on the job. You'll learn how different drugs work in the body, how to calculate drug dosages, drug administration routes and procedures, the medications related to disorders in each body system, and much more. Written by expert authors Eugenia M. Fulcher, Robert M. Fulcher, and Cathy Dubeansky Soto, Pharmacology ensures that you master all of the pharmacology competencies required by CAAHEP and ABHES. In the book and on a companion Evolve website, a variety of exercises helps you strengthen your skills in math, dosage calculation, and critical thinking.

Key Features

  • Practical coverage of basic pharmacology provides a thorough understanding of the medications most commonly used in ambulatory and inpatient settings.
  • A real-life Scenario starts each chapter with thought-provoking questions to consider as you progress through the material.
  • Procedures boxes provide step-by-step guidance for drug calculation and administration, accompanied by numerous illustrations and icons that identify OSHA-mandated protocols.
  • Common Signs & Symptoms of Diseases and Common Side Effects of Medications lists in each body system chapter help you distinguish between disease progression and medication reactions.
  • Body systems icons highlight the ways that specific drugs affect a particular body system.
  • Chapter objectives and key words at the beginning of each chapter help you focus your study efforts.
  • Check Your Understanding math review sections enable you to assess your knowledge of application and calculation concepts.
  • Critical Thinking exercises challenge you to apply what you've learned to a variety of realistic situations.
  • Important Facts and Clinical Tips boxes in each chapter highlight the key concepts for practice.
  • Patient Education for Compliance boxes help you communicate more effectively with patients about possible side effects or adverse reactions.

Table of Contents

Section 1: General Aspects of Pharmacology

1. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Pharmacology

2. Basics of Pharmacology

3. Drug Information and Drug Forms

4. Understanding Drug Dosages for Special Populations

5. Reading and Interpreting Medication Labels and Orders and Documenting Appropriately

Section 2: Mathematics for Pharmacology and Dosage Calculations

6. Math Review

7. Measurement Systems and Their Equivalents

8. Converting Between Measurement Systems

9. Calculating Doses of Nonparenteral Medications

10. Calculating Doses of Parenteral Medications

Section 3: Medication Administration

11. Safety and Quality Assurance

12. Enteral Routes

13. Percutaneous Routes

14. Parenteral Routes

Section 4: Pharmacology for Multisystem Application

15. Analgesics and Antipyretics

16. Immunizations and the Immune System

17. Anitmicrobials, Antifungals, and Antivirals

18. Antineoplastic Agents

19. Nutritional Supplements and Alternative Medicines

Section 5: Medication Related to Body Systems

20. Endocrine System Disorders

21. Eye and Ear Disorders

22. Drugs for Skin Conditions

23. Musculoskeletal System Disorders

24. Gastrointestinal System Disorders

25. Respiratory System Disorders

26. Circulatory System and Blood Disorders

27. Urinary System Disorders

28. Reproductive System Disorders

29. Neurological System Disorders

30. Drugs for Mental Health and Behavioral Disorders

31. Drugs of Abuse and Misuse

Appendices

A. Check Your Understanding Answers

B. Drug-Nutrient and Drug-Drug Interactions

Glossary

Details

No. of pages:
656
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Saunders
eBook ISBN:
9781455738038
eBook ISBN:
9780323292306
eBook ISBN:
9781455777358
Print ISBN:
9781437722673

About the authors

Eugenia Fulcher

Affiliations and Expertise

Allied Health Instructor, Waynesboro, GA

Robert Fulcher

Affiliations and Expertise

Pharmacist, CVS Pharmacy, Waynesboro, GA

Cathy Soto

Affiliations and Expertise

Program Director, Medical Assisting, El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX