This comprehensive text presents pharmacology in a non-threatening, easy to access format, using clear, and informal language, numerous illustrations and tables, and step-by-step procedures. Content is organized into five major sections: 1. Basic Mathematics; 2. Calculations of Doses and Solutions; 3. Administration of Medications; 4. Drugs and Related Substances; 5. Effects of Medications on Body Systems. Drug information is presented in numerous tables for ready reference, including data on generic names, trade names, route(s) of administration, usual dosage(s), and adverse reactions. A review of common medication administration routes includes detailed procedures. Safety of care provider and client during drug therapy is emphasized at all times.
SECTION 1: BASIC MATHEMATICS.
Chapter 1: Introduction and Arithmetic Test. Chapter 2: Numerals and Fractions. Chapter 3: Decimal Fractions and Percents. Chapter 4: Ratio and Percentage. Chapter 5: Temperature Equivalents.
SECTION 2: CALCULATIONS OF DOSES AND SOLUTIONS.
Chapter 6: The Metric System. Chapter 7: Household Measures and Apothecaries' Measurements. Chapter 8: Calculating Adult Dosages: Oral Forms. Chapter 9: Calculating Adult Dosages: Parenteral Forms. Chapter 10: Calculating Children's Dosages.
SECTION 3: ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS.
Chapter 11: Drug Sources, Standards, and Dosages. Chapter 12: Forms of Drugs and How They Act. Chapter 13: The Medication Order. Chapter 14: Basic Principles for the Administration of Medications. Chapter 15: Administration of Nonparenteral Medications. Chapter 16: Parenteral Equipment and Supplies. Chapter 17: Administration of Parenteral Medications.
SECTION 4: DRUGS AND RELATED SUBSTANCES.
Chapter 18: Drugs Used to Counteract Infections. Chapter 19: Antifungal, Antiviral, and Immunizing Agents. Chapter 20: Antineoplastic Agents. Chapter 21: Vitamins and Minerals. Chapter 22: Psychotropic Agents. Chapter 23: Substance Abuse.
SECTION 5: EFFECTS OF MEDICATIONS ON BODY SYSTEMS.
Chapter 24: Medications Used for Circulatory System Disorders. Chapter 25: Medications That Affect the Respiratory System. Chapter 26: Medications Used for Gastrointestinal System Disorders. Chapter 27: Diuretics and Medications Used for Urinary System Disorders. Chapter 28: Medications Used in Treatment of Endocrine Disorders. Chapter 29: Medications Used for Musculoskeletal System Disorders. Chapter 30: Medications That Affect the Nervous System. Chapter 31: Medications That Affect the Reproductive System. Appendix.
Answers to Practice Problems and Self-Assessment Tests for Sections 1 and 2.