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Dosage Calculations, 3rd Edition

  • Gloria D. Pickar, EdD, RN
  • Amy Pickar Abernethy, MD
  • Beth Swart
  • Margaret Swedish
  • Hope Graham
  • ISBN-10: 0176530800
  • ISBN-13: 9780176530808
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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Overview

About the Product

Classroom tested and reviewed, the third Canadian edition of Dosage Calculations draws upon the strengths of two marketing leading Canadian editions and nine US editions that have together helped over 1 million faculty and students allay math anxiety and promote confidence in their ability to perform accurate calculations. The new edition also responds to changes in the healthcare system by introducing new drugs, replacing outdated drugs, and discussing new or refined ways of administering medications. This text is directed at the student or professional who feels uncomfortable with mathematics and wants to improve their ability to perform accurate drug dosage calculations. As a pioneer Canadian text in the topic of medication calculations, the authors have transcended provincial practices to provide a nation-wide perspective on dosage calculations. The text teaches the “Three-Step Approach” for calculating dosages: 1. Convert measurements to the same unit; 2. Consider what dosage is reasonable; and 3. Calculate using the formula method.

Features

  • Dosage Calculation Methods: numerous examples demonstrate the formula method of calculating dosages. The dimensional analysis and ratio–proportion methods are included, giving instructors and students a choice of which method to use in calculating dosages.

  • More than 1200 problems reflecting current drugs and protocols are included for learners to practice their skills and reinforce their learning.

  • The math review brings learners up to the required level of basic math competence. Throughout the text, Math Tips point out math shortcuts and reminders.

  • Content is presented from simple to complex concepts in small increments followed by Review Sets and chapter Practice Problems for better understanding and to reinforce learning.

  • Application of Clinical Reasoning skills apply critical thinking to realistic patient care situations to emphasize the importance of accurate dosage calculations and the avoidance of medication errors.

About the Author

Gloria D. Pickar, EdD, RN

Gloria D. Pickar, R.N., Ed.D. is President and Chief Academic Officer of Compass Knowledge Group in Orlando, Florida. She is a former Academic Dean at Seminole State College in Sanford, Florida, and is among our most successful Delmar authors. In addition to nine editions of DOSAGE CALCULATIONS, the most popular dosage calculation book on the market, she wrote Dosage Calculations: A Ratio Proportion Approach, 3rd Edition.

Amy Pickar Abernethy, MD

Amy Pickar Abernethy, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine and Nursing at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Beth Swart

Beth Swart A professor at Ryerson since 1972, Beth is involved in curriculum development in the post RN program and the four-year Ryerson, Centennial, George Brown Collaborative Nursing Degree Program. Beth is course leader for the Pathophysiology and Acute and Traumatic Conditions courses in the collaborative program and the Epidemiology and Acute and Traumatic Conditions courses in the post diploma program. As course leader, two primary responsibilities are to ensure quality course delivery and academic integrity. Beth is a leader in creating and using innovative teaching strategies. She was the first to create and facilitate online course delivery as well as develop and teach a hybrid course. She was also the leader in using Personal Response System (clickers) technology in the classroom. Beth is active in publishing. She has written and contributed to articles for Canadian Nurse, has edited two textbooks and written two chapters for a fundamentals book. She has also contributed extensively in providing peer reviews for numerous textbooks. Beth is engaged in two funded pilot research projects as Principle Investigator. As well, in collaboration with the Post diploma team, she is involved in the RPN to BScN pilot project, funded by MOHLTC. Most recently, Beth is involved in Ryerson University/Ontario Telemedicine Joint Collaborative 30 Month Post-Diploma Program for Registered Nurses, a delivery modality to reach small and rural communities.

Margaret Swedish

Margaret Swedish is based at MacEwan in Edmonton and has taught the Dosage Calculations course for over 10 years.

Hope Graham

Hope Graham completed her Master of Nursing degree at Dalhousie University in 1985. She has worked in Sierra Leone and in Canada's Arctic where she planned and coordinated immunization clinics, under-five clinics and well women clinics. She lived in Haiti for 13 weeks as part of her undergraduate degree program, an experience that included a half trimester of study while living with a national family, and a half trimester of nursing on La Gonave Island. Hope volunteered for ten years as an RN and member of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Red Door (a charitable Adolescent Health and Support Centre) in Kentville, NS. Hope is an Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS. She is also a licensed glider pilot instructor and Chair of the Bluenose Soaring Club in Stanley, NS.

Table of Contents

Section One - Mathematics Review
Chapter 1: Fractions and Decimals
Chapter 2: Ratios and Percents
Chapter 3: Systems of Measurement
Chapter 4: Calculation Methods Used in Determining Drug Dosages
Section One Self-Evaluation

Section Two - Measurement Systems, Drug Orders, and Drug Labels
Chapter 5: Equipment Used in Dosage Measurement
Chapter 6: Interpreting Drug Orders
Chapter 7: Drug Labels
Section Two Self-Evaluation

Section Three - Drug Dosage Calculations
Chapter 8: Oral Dosage of Drugs
Chapter 9: Parenteral Dosage of Drugs
Chapter 10: Reconstitution of Solutions
Chapter 11: Pediatric and Adult Dosages Based on Body Weight
Section Three Self-Evaluation

Section Four - Advanced Calculations
Chapter 12: Intravenous Solutions, Equipment, and Calculations
Chapter 13: Body Surface Area and Advanced Pediatric Calculations
Chapter 14: Advanced Adult Intravenous Calculations
Section Four Self-Evaluation

Essential Skills Evaluation
Comprehensive Skills Evaluation
Answers
Appendices (A-D)
Index

New to this edition

  • Canadian leaders in the patient safety movement strive to create a culture of safety in the healthcare system. To meet the goals of this movement, students are made aware of the principles and competencies that reduce the risk of medication errors and thus improve patient safety.
  • The chapter-ending box of the second edition called Critical Thinking Skills has been renamed Application of Clinical Reasoning, to better illustrate the goal and content of this text. For example, students analyze medication administration practices and calculation skills that may contribute to patient harm.
  • Content on high-alert drugs, such as heparin sodium and insulin, has been augmented.
  • New questions have been added throughout to reflect current drugs and protocols.
  • Photographs of state-of-the-art equipment have been replaced and updated.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor Resources for Dosage Calculations Third Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176570861 | ISBN-13: 9780176570866)
Student Tutorial Software Printed Access Card (6-Months) for Dosage Calculations Third Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176679774 | ISBN-13: 9780176679774)
Student Tutorial Software Instant Access (6-Months) for Dosage Calculations Third Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176679782 | ISBN-13: 9780176679781)
Student Tutorial Software Printed Access Card (12-Months) for Dosage Calculations Third Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176679790 | ISBN-13: 9780176679798)
DEMO STUDENT TUTORIAL SOFTWARE ERESOURCE FOR DOSAGE CALCULATIONS3  (ISBN-10: 0176679766 | ISBN-13: 9780176679767)

Student Supplements

Student Tutorial Software Printed Access Card (6-Months) for Dosage Calculations Third Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176679774 | ISBN-13: 9780176679774)
Student Tutorial Software Instant Access (6-Months) for Dosage Calculations Third Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176679782 | ISBN-13: 9780176679781)
Student Tutorial Software Printed Access Card (12-Months) for Dosage Calculations Third Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176679790 | ISBN-13: 9780176679798)
DEMO STUDENT TUTORIAL SOFTWARE ERESOURCE FOR DOSAGE CALCULATIONS3  (ISBN-10: 0176679766 | ISBN-13: 9780176679767)