Understanding Pharmacology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781416029175, 9781437726091

Understanding Pharmacology

1st Edition

Essentials for Medication Safety

Authors: M. Linda Workman Linda LaCharity Susan Kruchko
eBook ISBN: 9781437726091
eBook ISBN: 9780323294201
eBook ISBN: 9781455754939
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 29th September 2010
Page Count: 544

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Clear and straightforward, Understanding Pharmacology: Essentials for Medication Safety helps you understand how drugs work and how to administer them safely. That means you won't have to resort to rote memorization of drug information to avoid making medication errors! Written by noted educators M. Linda Workman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Linda A. LaCharity, PhD, RN, and Susan L. Kruchko, MS, RN, Understanding Pharmacology clarifies difficult concepts and prepares you to handle today's new drugs and drug classes. It provides complete preparation for licensure exams and for clinical practice.

Key Features

  • Clear, consistent chapter format facilitates learning:
    • Objectives
    • Key Terms with phonetic pronunciations and page references
    • Review of Related Physiology and Pathophysiology
    • Types of Drugs Prescribed, including how each works; dosages with intended responses, side effects, and adverse effects; what to do before administering; what to check after administering; and what to teach patients
    • Get Ready for Practice! with Key Points, Additional Learning Resources, Review Questions, and Critical Thinking Activities
  • Animations and video clips are included on the companion Evolve website.
  • Everyday terminologys is used, with technical terms following in parentheses.
  • A math and dosage calculation review minimizes "math anxiety" and promotes medication safety.
  • Try This! boxes let students practice math and dosage calculation concepts as they learn them.
  • Common Side Effects boxes use clever, easy-to-recognize icons to emphasize the side effects of drugs.
  • Drug Alert!, Memory Joggers, Do-Not-Confuse, and Clinical Pitfall boxes highlight important tips for safe medication administration.
  • Did You Know? boxes relate pharmacology content to everyday life.
  • Wide margins provide plenty of room for note-taking.
  • Examination-style review questions end each chapter, and include alternate item format questions.

Table of Contents

Part One: Overview of Pharmacology
1. Drug Actions and Body Responses
2. Safely Preparing and Giving Drugs
3. Teaching Patients About Drug Therapy
Part Two: Mathematics in Pharmacology
4. Medical Systems of Weights and Measures
5. Mathematics Review and Introduction to Dosage Calculation
6. Dosage Calculation of Intravenous Solutions and Drugs
Part Three: Clinical Categories and Uses of Drugs
7. Drugs for Pain and Sleep Problems
8. Anti-inflammatory Drugs
9. Anti-infective Drugs: Antibacterial Drugs
10. Anti-infective Drugs: Antiviral Drugs
11. Anti-infective Drugs: Antitubercular and Antifungal Drugs
12. Drugs that Affect Urine Output
13. Drugs for Hypertension
14. Drugs for Heart Failure
15. Antidysrhythmic Drugs
16. Drugs for High Blood Lipids
17. Drugs that Affect Blood Clotting
18. Drugs for Asthma and Other Respiratory Problems
19. Drugs for Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, and Constipation
20. Drugs for Gastric Ulcers and Reflux
21. Drugs for Seizures
22. Drugs for Depression, Anxiety, and Psychosis
23. Drugs for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease
24. Drugs for Endocrine Problems
25. Drugs for Diabetes
26. Drugs for Glaucoma
27. Drugs for Cancer Therapy
Answer Key
General Index
Disorders Index


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About the Author

M. Linda Workman

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly, Gertrude Perkins Oliva Professor of Oncology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Linda LaCharity

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly, Accelerated Program Director and Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Susan Kruchko