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Pharmaceutical Math for the Practical Nurse

Training Manual - Pharmaceutical Math for the Practical Nurse (167 Pages)


Basic Arithmetic
Ration and Proportion

Lesson 1 - Basic Math

Section I. Basic Arithmetic
Simple Addition
Simple Subtraction
Simple Multiplication
Simple Division
Long Multiplication
Long Division

Section II. Fractions
Parts of Fractions
Kinds of Fractions
Changing Fractions to Lowest Possible Terms
Changing Improper Fractions to Mixed Numbers or Whole Numbers
Changing Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions
Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
Multiplying Two Fractions
Multiplying Whole Numbers and Fractions
Multiplying Mixed Numbers
Dividing Fractions

Section III. Decimals
Addition and Subtraction of Decimals
Dividing Decimals
Multiplying Decimals
Changing Decimals to Fractions
Changing Fractions to Decimals7

Section IV. Percentages
Changing Percentages to Fractions
Changing Fractions to Percentages
Changing Percentages to Decimals
Changing Decimals to Percentages

Section V. Ratio and Proportion
Changing a Ratio to a Percentage or Decimal
Changing Percentages to Ratios
Changing Decimals to Ratios
Definition - Proportion
Property of Proportions

Lesson 2 - Pharmacology

Section I. Ratio and Proportion Operations
Cross Multiplying
'X' as the Unknown Factor
Rules for Ratio and Proportion Operations
Setting Up the Proportion
Solving for 'X'
Rounding Off

Section II. Systems of Measurement
Common Equivalents

Section III. Computing Medication Dosages
Information Required in Every Physician's Medication Order
Five 'Rights' of Medication Administration
Computing Dosages for Tablets, Pills and Capsules
Computing Dosages for Oral Liquid Medications (Prepared-strength Liquids)
Computing Dosage for Parenteral Medications
Modified Proportion Method for Computing Dosages

Section IV. Computing Intravenous Infusion Rates
Information Required on an Order for I.V. Fluids
I.V. Administration Set Calibrations
Objectives of I.V. Therapy
Factors That Influence Volume Determination
Computing Continuous I.V. Infusion Rates
Administration of Medications by IVPB (Intermittent Infusion)
Administration of Medications by Continuous Infusion

Section V. Basic Dose Calculations
Interpreting Information from a Medication Label
Summary of Rounding Rules for Medication Calculations

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