Medicines management is more than simple drug administration. At every interaction with patients, the nurse is making a number of complex clinical decisions. This portable handbook enables the practitioner to make informed and evidence based decisions regarding medication. In CPR: Practical Medicines Management, the practitioner will find the core knowledge to safely administer drugs to the adult patient, and to communicate with the patient about the medicines they are taking. Complementing the guidance provided in detail in the BNF, this handbook provides rapid access to: indications, or why a drug is necessary; actions, or how the drug will work; normal dose and dose range; usual route and any specific skill required to safely administer via that route; any possible interactions and cautions and contraindications. Newly registered nurses, established practitioners, nurses returning to practice and nurses new to the UK will find this an essential support in their daily practice.
Trainers running statutory and mandatory courses within hospitals will find that CPR Practical Medicines Management reinforces key messages about this important task, and enables safe and confident practice.
Dan Butcher, Charlotte Maddison Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK
1. Introduction 2. SI Units 3. Definitions and abbreviations 4. Brief explanation of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics 5. Key principles by route of administration 6. Recordkeeping and what to look for in a drug chart 7. Assessment for safe medicines management 8. Pain assessment and management 9. Communication with the patient 10. Tips for getting the most out of the BNF 11. Drug classes a. Analgesics b. Antibiotics c. Anti-depressants and CNS drugs d. Anti-diabetics e. Anti-inflammatory drugs f. Blood, Oxygen Respiratory g. Cardiac drugs h. Drugs used to treat blood disorders i. Gastro-intestinal and anti-emetics j. Skin preparations 12. Drug Calculations 13. Adverse drug reactions and incident reporting 14. Drug related emergencies 15. Cross-referenced index