Best-selling ESSENTIALS OF PHARMACOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS, 8e is the ideal resource to help you prepare for licensed practical nursing, medical assisting, and other allied health careers. Focusing on "need to know" drug information, it gives you the confidence to master pharmacology.
Extremely reader friendly, this clear, concise book simplifies material into engaging and manageable chapters. By stressing clinical application, it also ensures you understand the "why" behind what you learn.
Part I provides a solid foundation in basic pharmacologic principles. Part II covers drugs, sources, legal concerns, and medical uses. Chapters organize drugs by classifications and include their purpose, side effects, interactions, and precautions or contraindications. Patient education is highlighted for each category, while numerous reference tables help pull everything together for you by listing the most commonly prescribed drugs, dosages, available forms, and special considerations.
Bruce Colbert is an Associate Professor and Director of the Allied Health Care Department at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The author of 10 traditional books, he also developed an interactive worktext and DVD program on student success. Focusing on such topics as stress and time management, he has presented more than 250 regional and national lectures and workshops devoted to professional skills, enhancing critical and creative thinking and effective decision-making. In addition, Mr. Colbert consults with educational programs to improve teaching effectiveness as well as presents active teaching workshops. Ruth Woodrow is a Medical Consultant for Education and Infection Control in the Health Services Department at Senior Friendship Centers, Inc. in Sarasota, Florida. She previously served as Director of Staff Development at Plymouth Harbor, Inc., and she also taught pharmacology at the Sarasota County Technical Institute.
Part I: INTRODUCTION. 1. Consumer Safety and Drug Regulations. 2. Drug Names and References. 3. Sources and Bodily Effects of Drugs. 4. Medication Preparations and Supplies. 5. Abbreviations and Systems of Measurement. 6. Safe Dosage Preparation. 7. Responsibilities and Principles of Drug Administration. 8. Administration by the Gastrointestinal Route. 9. Administration by the Parenteral Route. 10. Poison Control. Part II: DRUG CLASSIFICATIONS. 11. Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs. 12. Skin Medications. 13. Autonomic Nervous System Drugs. 14. Antineoplastic Drugs. 15. Urinary System Drugs. 16. Gastrointestinal Drugs. 17. Anti-infective Drugs. 18. Eye and Ear Medications. 19. Analgesics, Sedatives, and Hypnotics. 20. Psychotropic Medications, Alcohol, and Drug Abuse. 21. Musculoskeletal and Anti-inflammatory Drugs. 22. Anticonvulsants, Antiparkinsonian Drugs, and Agents for Alzheimer's Disease. 23. Endocrine System Drugs. 24. Reproductive System Drugs. 25. Cardiovascular Drugs. 26. Respiratory System Drugs and Antihistamines. 27. Drugs and Older Adults. References. Summary. Comprehensive Review Exam for Part I. Comprehensive Review Exam for Part II.