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Student Nurse Drugs in Use Survival Guide (Nursing and Health Survival Guides)
on 25 October 2011
The Drugs in Use Survival Guide is a concise, pocket-sized book that is cost-effective and very useful for a both nursing students and newly qualified nurses. It gives an understanding of how drugs work in each body system and provides guidance on drug administration, drug interactions, contraindications and side effects. Although not a replacement for the British National Formulary, it is designed to be a reference guide that is easily accessible and can be referred to within the clinical environment.
There is an in depth contents page which adequately describes what is to be covered in this guide. To begin with it starts with a list of the drug classes that may appear in clinical practice and provides examples of each which help the user to make the links between the class of drug and the type. Following that is a list of the common abbreviations, units and conversions used by healthcare professionals. It then leads on to common pharmacological terminology and the definitions of each which provide the user with the knowledge required to have a greater understanding of the language that is so frequently used in the healthcare environment.
Drugs in Use covers a vast range of body systems such as cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous system. It looks at analgesics, antipsychotics, antidepressants, steroids and antiemetics, to name a few.
There's a section which discusses adverse drug reactions with examples and predisposing factors. On a more serious note, there is a few paragraphs which identify the possible causes of drug errors and actions to take in preventing them from happening.
At the end of this guide the final chapter covers common drug overdoses, enlisting the dangerous doses, antidotes or treatments and the signs and symptoms to be aware of. There is a page at the back dedicated to useful and relevant websites for further reading and information. This handy guide is also very useful for undergraduate nursing students undertaking pharmacology or pathology and disease management modules because of its resourcefulness in aiding revision and learning practices for exams and assignments.