Understanding Pharmacology: Essentials for Medication Safety

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-09-29
  • Publisher: W B Saunders Co
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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. 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

Overview of Pharmacology
Drug Actions and Body Responses
Safely Preparing and Giving Drugs
Teaching Patients About Drug Therapy
Mathematics in Pharmacology
Medical Systems of Weights and Measures
Mathematics Review and Introduction to Dosage Calculation
Dosage Calculation of Intravenous Solutions and Drugs
Clinical Categories and Uses of Drugs
Drugs for Pain and Sleep Problems
Anti-inflammatory Drugs
Anti-infective Drugs: Antibacterial Drugs
Anti-infective Drugs: Antiviral Drugs
Anti-infective Drugs: Antitubercular and Antifungal Drugs
Drugs that Affect Urine Output
Drugs for Hypertension
Drugs for Heart Failure
Antidysrhythmic Drugs
Drugs for High Blood Lipids
Drugs that Affect Blood Clotting
Drugs for Asthma and Other Respiratory Problems
Drugs for Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, and Constipation
Drugs for Gastric Ulcers and Reflux
Drugs for Seizures
Drugs for Depression, Anxiety, and Psychosis
Drugs for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease
Drugs for Endocrine Problems
Drugs for Diabetes
Drugs for Glaucoma
Drugs for Cancer Therapy
Answer Key
General index
Disorders Index
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