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# Clinical Calculations Made Easy : Solving Problems Using Dimensional Analysis

**by**Craig, Gloria

3rd

### 9780781748384

0781748380

Paperback

6/22/2004

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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## Summary

The fully updated Third Edition of this successful learning text makes accurate dosage calculation easier than ever. Using the proven dimensional analysis method, this skill-building guide uses a systematic approach to problem solving that lets you compute the correct dosage -- every time! Moving from simple to complex problems, the book's unique "Unit Path" technique lets you visualize the proper approach to each calculation. With this text, you'll solve real-life dosage equations and conversions without time-consuming memorization -- while reducing errors and building confidence. Book jacket.

## Author Biography

Gloria P. Craig, RN, MSN, EdD South Dakota State University, College of Nursing, Brookings

## Table of Contents

Clinical Calculations | p. 1 |

Arithmetic Review | p. 3 |

Arabic Numbers and Roman Numerals | p. 4 |

Arabic Numbers and Roman Numerals | p. 5 |

Fractions | p. 7 |

Multiplying Fractions | p. 8 |

Multiplying Fractions | p. 8 |

Dividing Fractions | p. 9 |

Dividing Fractions | p. 10 |

Decimals | p. 11 |

Rounding Decimals | p. 11 |

Rounding Decimals | p. 12 |

Multiplying Decimals | p. 12 |

Multiplying Decimals | p. 12 |

Dividing Decimals | p. 13 |

Dividing Decimals | p. 14 |

Converting Fractions to Decimals | p. 14 |

Converting Fractions to Decimals | p. 15 |

Practice Problems | p. 16 |

Post-Test | p. 19 |

Answer Key | p. 21 |

Systems of Measurement and Common Equivalents | p. 29 |

Systems of Measurement | p. 30 |

The Metric System | p. 30 |

The Apothecary System | p. 31 |

The Household System | p. 32 |

Temperature | p. 33 |

Common Equivalents | p. 34 |

Practice Problems | p. 34 |

Post-Test | p. 37 |

Answer Key | p. 39 |

Solving Problems Using Dimensional Analysis | p. 41 |

Terms Used in Dimensional Analysis | p. 42 |

The Five Steps of Dimensional Analysis | p. 42 |

Dimensional Analysis | p. 46 |

Practice Problems | p. 49 |

Post-Test | p. 51 |

Answer Key | p. 53 |

One-Factor Medication Problems | p. 59 |

Interpretation of Medication Orders | p. 60 |

Right Patient | p. 60 |

Right Drug | p. 60 |

Right Dosage | p. 60 |

Right Route | p. 61 |

Right Time | p. 61 |

Interpretation of Medication Orders | p. 61 |

One-Factor Medication Problems | p. 62 |

Principles of Rounding | p. 65 |

One-Factor Medication Problems | p. 68 |

Components of a Drug Label | p. 68 |

Identifying the Components | p. 68 |

Identifying the Components of Drug Labels | p. 69 |

Solving Problems With Components of Drug Labels | p. 71 |

Problems With Components of Drug Labels | p. 73 |

Administering Medication by Different Routes | p. 74 |

Enteral Medications | p. 74 |

Administering Enteral Medications | p. 79 |

Parenteral Medications | p. 80 |

Administering Parenteral Medications | p. 85 |

Practice Problems | p. 87 |

Post-Test | p. 91 |

Answer Key | p. 97 |

Two-Factor Medication Problems | p. 103 |

Medication Problems Involving Weight | p. 104 |

Pediatric Medication Problems Involving Weight | p. 106 |

Medication Problems Involving Reconstitution | p. 108 |

Medication Problems Involving Reconstitution | p. 111 |

Medication Problems Involving Intravenous Pumps | p. 112 |

Medication Problems Involving Intravenous Pumps | p. 115 |

Medication Problems Involving Drop Factors | p. 116 |

Medication Problems Involving Drop Factors | p. 120 |

Medication Problems Involving Intermittent Infusion | p. 120 |

Medication Problems Involving Intermittent Infusion | p. 122 |

Practice Problems | p. 124 |

Post-Test | p. 127 |

Answer Key | p. 131 |

Three-Factor Medication Problems | p. 137 |

Medication Problems Involving Dosage, Weight, and Time | p. 144 |

Practice Problems | p. 150 |

Post-Test | p. 153 |

Answer Key | p. 159 |

Practice Problems | p. 163 |

One-Factor Practice Problems | p. 165 |

Two-Factor Practice Problems | p. 179 |

Three-Factor Practice Problems | p. 190 |

Comprehensive Practice Problems | p. 195 |

Answer Key | p. 199 |

Case Studies | p. 211 |

Congestive Heart Failure | p. 213 |

COPD/Emphysema | p. 214 |

Small Cell Lung Cancer | p. 215 |

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) | p. 216 |

Sickle Cell Anemia | p. 217 |

Deep Vein Thrombosis | p. 217 |

Bone Marrow Transplant | p. 218 |

Pneumonia | p. 219 |

Pain | p. 220 |

Cirrhosis | p. 221 |

Hyperemesis Gravidarum | p. 221 |

Preeclampsia | p. 222 |

Premature Labor | p. 223 |

Cystic Fibrosis | p. 224 |

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) | p. 225 |

Leukemia | p. 226 |

Sepsis | p. 227 |

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia | p. 228 |

Cerebral Palsy | p. 229 |

Hyperbilirubinemia | p. 230 |

Spontaneous Abortion | p. 231 |

Bipolar Disorder | p. 232 |

Anorexia Nervosa | p. 232 |

Clinical Depression | p. 233 |

Alzheimer's Disease | p. 234 |

Answer Key | p. 235 |

Comprehensive Post-Test | p. 245 |

Educational Theory of Dimensional Analysis | p. 251 |

Index | p. 255 |

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