Comprehensive yet easy to read, Pharmacology: Principles and Applications, 3rd Edition introduces you to basic pharmacology, showing how to apply principles to the kinds of clinical situations you will encounter on the job. You'll learn how different drugs work in the body, how to calculate drug dosages, drug administration routes and procedures, the medications related to disorders in each body system, and much more. Written by expert authors Eugenia M. Fulcher, Robert M. Fulcher, and Cathy Dubeansky Soto, Pharmacology ensures that you master all of the pharmacology competencies required by CAAHEP and ABHES. In the book and on a companion Evolve website, a variety of exercises helps you strengthen your skills in math, dosage calculation, and critical thinking.
- Practical coverage of basic pharmacology provides a thorough understanding of the medications most commonly used in ambulatory and inpatient settings.
- Chapter objectives and key words at the beginning of each chapter help you focus your study efforts.
- A real-life "Scenario" starts each chapter with thought provoking questions to consider as you progress through the material.
- Each body system chapter includes a list of the "Common Signs & Symptoms of Diseases" and "Common Side Effects of Medications" to help you distinguish between disease progression and medication reactions.
- Body systems icons help you quickly identify how specific drugs affect a particular body system.
- "Check Your Understanding" math review sections enable you to assess your knowledge of application and calculation concepts.
- Procedures boxes provide step-by-step guidance for drug calculation and administration, accompanied by numerous illustrations and icons that identify OSHA-mandated protocols.
- "Important Facts and Clinical Tips" boxes highlight the most important concepts for practice in each chapter.
- "Patient Education" boxes help you communicate more effectively with patients about possible side effects or adverse reactions.
- "Critical Thinking Exercises" challenge you to apply what you've learned to a variety of realistic situations.
- An expanded math section helps you sharpen your calculation skills with a wealth of practice problems.
- Additional drug calculation coverage includes more dosage and calculation practice exercises, as well as a new chapter on Principles and Calculations in IV Therapy.
- Expanded pediatric content offers a more thorough understanding of the special dosage and calculation considerations required for this special population.
- Two new appendices — "IV Therapy Basics" and "Combination Drug Products" — offer quick access to essential information.
Section 1: General Aspects of Pharmacology
1. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Pharmacology
2. Basics of Pharmacology
3. Drug Information and Drug Forms
4. Understanding Drug Dosages for Special Populations
5. Reading and Interpreting Medication Labels and Documenting Appropriately
Section 2: Mathematics for Pharmacology and Dosage Calculations
6. Math Review
7. Measurement Systems and Their Equivalents
8. Converting between Measurement Systems
9. Calculating Doses of Nonparenteral Medications
10. Calculating Doses of Injectible Medications
11. Principles and Calculations in Intravenous Therapy NEW!
Section 3: Medication Administration
12. Safety and Quality Assurance
13. Enteral Routes
14. Percutaneous Routes
15. Parenteral Routes
Section 4: Pharmacology for Multisystem Application
16. Analgesics and Antipyretics
17. Immunizations and the Immune System
18. Anitmicrobials, Antifungals, and Antivirals
19. Antineoplastic Agents
20. Nutritional Supplements and Alternative Medicines
Section 5: Medication Related to Body Systems
21. Endocrine System Disorders
22. Eye and Ear Disorders
23. Skin Conditions
24. Musculoskeletal System Disorders
25. Gastrointestinal System Disorders
26. Respiratory System Disorders
27. Circulatory System Disorders
28. Urinary System Disorders
29. Reproductive System Disorders
30. Neurological System Disorders
31. Drugs for Mental Health and Behavioral Disorders
32. Drugs of Abuse and Misuse
A. Basic Intravenous Therapy Medications
B. “Check Your Understanding” Answers
C. Drug-Food and Drug-Drug Interactions