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Clinical Dosage Calculations 2ed - Vanessa Brotto

Clinical Dosage Calculations 2ed

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Clinical Dosage Calculations is a local, full-colour text covering the important aspects of dosage calculations students require to deal with this essential part of clinical practice. An applied skills-focused text, Brotto uses real life cases, worked examples and real medication charts and labels to engage students. Starting with the fundamental skills to help students deal with mathematics and familiarise themselves with medication charts and labels, the text then moves on to specialist area chapters, allowing them to deepen their skills in a clinical context. Each chapter explains the main concepts and shows worked examples. Students can then engage in the activities of each chapter as an introduction to the concept before moving onto the final chapter where they can test their overall knowledge.



  • Full-colour real medication labels and real medication charts, syringe diagrams and equipment photos all combine to give students a visual reference to the material they will encounter in clinical practice

  • Clinical case studies, in the Worked examples and Activities, give students a clinical context to help them understand the relevance of this vital skill.

  • Worked examples help students to see the steps in the calculations. Activities follow on from worked examples and give student the chance to compare and test their understanding of the concept introduced

  • The text also incorporates specialist area chapters of paediatrics, aged care, midwifery, critical care, high dependency and oncology areas. These chapters allow students to practice calculations commonly found in these areas, giving a clinical basis for their learning

  • Important national concepts/initiatives such as ‘Risk Management’ and ‘Quality Use of Medicines’ are introduced in terms of their application to performing dosage calculations

  • The ‘Ten steps for safe use of a medication chart’ ensures an overall systematic process for calculating doses and establishing which medicines are due/available to administer to a client

  • Tip for Students boxes provide helpful advice and suggestions to guide students through challenging areas

  • Formula boxes throughout the text and summarised on the inside covers help with student learning and revision.

  • Student companion website includes interactive quizzes, answers, web links and examples of medication charts used in the text to help students reinforce concepts and revise for their exams.

  • The text covers both the formula method as well as the proportions method, using basic maths and ratio principles to solve dosage calculations. This targets those students who struggle with formulae and who might wish to try a different approach

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamental skills
1. Basic mathematics
2. Units of measurement
3. Medication charts
4. Using quality and risk management principles in drug calculations
5. General drug calculations
6. Infusion calculations

Part II – Skills deepening
7. Paediatric calculations
8. Aged care calculations
9. Midwifery calculations
10. Mental health calculations
11. Critical care and high dependency dosage calculations
12. Oncology calculations

Part III – Skills practice
13. Practice questions
14. Answers

ISBN: 9780170352659
ISBN-10: 017035265X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 4th September 2015
Country of Publication: AU
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised