# Curren's Math for Meds: Dosages and Solutions,12th Edition

#### Gladdi Tomlinson, Lou Ann Boose

ISBN-13: 9780357768075
384 pages | List Price: USD \$200.95

Tomlinson/Boose's CURREN'S MATH FOR MEDS: DOSAGES AND SOLUTIONS, 12e, covers basic math concepts and systems of measurement for dosage calculation. Careful attention to practices encouraging safety in medication preparation, calculation and administration are outlined. Three common methods of dosage calculation are introduced. Examples encourage students to do practice problems using the method they are most comfortable with. Basic to advanced pediatric and intravenous (IV) calculations are addressed. Photos of drug labels, syringes, hundreds of examples, practice problems and summary test questions provide opportunities to practice interpreting labels of medications commonly seen in clinical practice. Examples guide students with information for safe, accurate dosage calculations. Clinical relevance summaries help connect information in the chapter to the clinical setting.

SECTION 1: REFRESHER MATH.
1. Relative Value, Addition and Subtraction of Decimals.
2. Multiplication and Division of Decimals.
3. Solving Common Fraction Equations.
SECTION 2: INTRODUCTION TO DRUG MEASURES.
4. Metric, International (SI) System.
5. Unit, Percentage, Milliequivalent, Ratio, and Household Measures.
SECTION 3: PREPARING FOR MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION.
7. Interpreting Drug Labels.
8. Ratio and Proportion.
9. Dimensional Analysis.
10. Formula Method.
SECTION 4: CALCULATING DRUG DOSAGES.
11. Oral Dosage Calculations.
12. Parenteral Dosages and Syringe Measurements.
13. Reconstitution.
14. Insulin.
SECTION 5: ADULT AND PEDIATRIC CALCULATIONS; INCLUDING BODY WEIGHT AND BSA.
15. Dosages Based on Body Weight.
16. Dosages Based on Body Surface Area.
17. Pediatric Dosages: Oral, Parenteral and Intravenous.
SECTION 6: INTRAVENOUS CALCULATIONS.
18. Introduction to IV Therapy.
19. IV Flow Rate Calculation.
20. Calculating IV Infusion.
21. IV Medication and Titration Calculations.
22. Heparin Infusion Calculations.

Gladdi Tomlinson and Lou Ann Boose have taught together for more than 30 years in various levels of the nursing program at Harrisburg Area Community College. During those 30 years, both were involved in creating first- and second-level dosage calculation courses, as well as teaching the courses in the classroom and online. Both Gladdi and Lou Ann have decades of clinical experience, including areas of medical/surgical, orthopedics, oncology and gerontology. Gladdi retired in 2014 and remains an adjunct professor at the college. Lou Ann retired in 2020 after achieving senior professor status and remains an adjunct professor at the college. Both remain committed and dedicated to fostering a sense of confidence in students related to dosage calculation and instilling the value of practicing safely in the clinical setting.

• Lou Ann Boose

Gladdi Tomlinson and Lou Ann Boose have taught together for more than 30 years in various levels of the nursing program at Harrisburg Area Community College. During those 30 years, both were involved in creating first- and second-level dosage calculation courses, as well as teaching the courses in the classroom and online. Both Gladdi and Lou Ann have decades of clinical experience, including areas of medical/surgical, orthopedics, oncology and gerontology. Gladdi retired in 2014 and remains an adjunct professor at the college. Lou Ann retired in 2020 after achieving senior professor status and remains an adjunct professor at the college. Both remain committed and dedicated to fostering a sense of confidence in students related to dosage calculation and instilling the value of practicing safely in the clinical setting.

• Presentation with an organized approach: Medication safety is presented as a foundation for safe practice in the clinical setting. There is a strong focus on reading and interpreting the information on medication labels used in the chapters related to dosage calculation methods. Three commonly used dosage calculation methods are introduced before the student has to apply them to oral and parenteral dosage calculations. The examples encourage students to do practice problems using the method they are most comfortable with. Advanced dosage calculations are found at the end of the book.

• Multitude of examples, practice problems and end-of-chapter questions: Chapters present several examples of concepts for the student. The student is also presented with several practice problem sets throughout each chapter. At the conclusion of each chapter there are summary tests that integrate all the concepts presented in the chapter, including NCLEX-style questions introduced at the end of several chapters. Labels are used with many of the examples and practice problems so students become familiar with the information and gain confidence using the information as they calculate dosages.

• Clinical Applications: A multitude of medication labels, syringes and examples expressed in multiple systems of measurement (metric, unit and mEq) used in current clinical settings are used throughout the book. A statement on clinical relevance is included in most chapters to aid the student in identifying the relationship of the content to the clinical setting. The chapters also integrate the importance of clinical judgement and critical-thinking in the practice setting.

• Clear, Concise Content: Non-threatening explanations without extraneous material, along with a consistent layout instructors and readers want, help make this book a market favorite.

• Running answers to in-book exercises give immediate feedback: Students are shown all three methods of calculation, examples are solved using the three methods and students are encouraged to find the method that works best for them.

• Specialized Calculations: Introduction to advanced calculations for IV, heparin, critical care and pediatric dosages, in addition to the most common dosage calculations, prepare readers for success in any health care setting.

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