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Medical Dosage Calculations For Dummies

Richard Snyder, Barry Schoenborn

ISBN: 978-1-118-05588-5 May 2011 384 Pages


Score your highest in a medical dosage calculations course

A recent shortage of nurses in a society with an aging population has triggered the demand for students to enter the field of medical study. A dosage calculations course is required for most students earning an applied science degree in nursing, pharmacology, or paramedic programs.

Medical Dosage Calculations For Dummies tracks a typical dosage calculations course and provides helpful content in an approachable and easy-to-understand format. Plus, you'll get examples of the various calculations made to determine the appropriate quantity of drug or solution that should be administered to patients.

  • Calculating drug dosages utilizing ratio-proportion, formula, and dimensional analysis
  • Systems of measurement, including metric and apothecary and other conversion equivalents for a global audience
  • The ins and outs of the charting systems for MAR (Medicine Administration Records)

If you're one of the hundreds of thousands of students aspiring to enter the medical field, Medical Dosage Calculations For Dummies is your ticket for scoring your highest on exams.


Part I: Getting Up to Speed: Reviewing Math Basics.

Chapter 1: Brushing Up on Your Math Skills and Entering the Healthcare Field.

Chapter 2: Using Numbers and Arithmetic.

Chapter 3: Getting Familiar with Fractions and Their Fanatic Forms.

Chapter 4: Getting Familiar with Systems of Measurement and Unit Conversions.

Part II: Minding Your Meds: Administration and Calculation Methods.

Chapter 5: The Prescription: Just What the Doctor Ordered.

Chapter 6: Medication Labels and atient Safety.

Chapter 7: Proper Medical Documentation and Dispensation.

Chapter 8: Mastering Calculation Methods for Dosing Meds.

Part III: Calculations for Different Routes of Administration.

Chapter 9: Oral Calculations: Tablets, Capsules, and Liquids.

Chapter 10: Parenteral Injections and Calculations.

Chapter 11: The IV League: Intravenous Dosing and Calculations.

Chapter 12: Working with Reconstituted Solutions: It’s like Magic.

Part IV: Dosing in Special Situations.

Chapter 13: Insulin: Call It a Miracle Drug.

Chapter 14: Dosing for Two: The Pregnant Patient.

Chapter 15: Kid Stuff: Pediatric Calculations.

Chapter 16: Adjusting Dosages for People in Special Situations.

Chapter 17: Critical Care Dosing and Calculations.

Chapter 18: Keeping a Patient Well-Nourished.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Essential Dosing Calculations.

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Avoid Common Dosing Mistakes.