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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.
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on 31 July 2009
This book is a great help for student nurses! Each page is plastic coated so you can keep it clean easily and the pages wont get ragged or torn!

Also for once when it says its pocket size it actually is!
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on 17 February 2010
This book is a top book for placements! :-) It is a simple reference guide that can be carried wherever you go, a proper pocket guide.

The seller go this to me in prompt time, so I would recommend this seller to all.
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on 20 May 2009
This tiny book will easily fit into your tunic and contains
lots of useful information - possibly too much when you are
just starting out - a larger format would have been better
- even if you can't carry it around so easily. Still it is
very cheap to buy.
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on 4 July 2009
What a fantastice little book for the student nurse. Full of important information. A great help.
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on 31 January 2011
Arrived very quickly and in perfect condition. Great little book that explains drug types, uses and side affects well. Could not have asked for more!
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on 22 May 2015
I'm not sure how much use I'll get out of this book during my training but it was def worth buying to read, even if I don't look at it again.

It gives a good over view of the common drugs you'll come across and what they are used to treat.
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on 4 May 2012
This is a great little book spiral bound for student nurses to keep in their pockets, there are several books like this and this one focuses on "Drugs in Use" ideally for when on placements and the text is easy to read. There is a simple re-cap on how drugs work, reference to drugs on use in wards, common abbreviations and sites of drug administration among other things, a perfect handy guide!

The plastic coated cover also means it is easy to keep the little book clean!
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on 21 October 2011
I'm a first year student nurse, I have ordered this to help me on my first placement, and i'm sure it will come in handy. Perfect pocket size, wiapable as well great for infection control. Infomration simply layed out, and easy to follow. A good little referrence guide to trigger your memory or give you an introdution to a new drug.
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on 2 October 2015
Bought as aide memoir for Return to Nursing Course. Excellent size for pocket, can be wiped down which is good from infection control point of view. Lots of useful information, I'm old school and don't google everything on my phone and whilst it obviously doesn't replace BNF but it is useful to have on hand. Good value for money.
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