# Nursing Calculations and IV Therapy For Dummies - UK, UK Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-11416-1
392 pages
March 2016

## Description

The fast and easy way to pass the Nursing Calculations test

Is the maths behind the medicine making you maudlin over taking your Nursing Calculations test? You've come to the right place! Written by a nurse with countless hours of experience—and who trains other nurses every day—this plain-English, no-nonsense guide to nursing calculations and IV therapy makes it easier to come to grips with the numbers and formulas you'll encounter on the day of the exam—and in the field.

Many students and practising nurses struggle with mathematics. Luckily, this friendly guide is here to take the intimidation out of the subject, arming you with the knowledge and know-how you need to take the exam with confidence and to achieve the best score possible. From fractions, percentages, and proportions to pills, fluids, and prescriptions, Nursing Calculations & IV Therapy For Dummies UK edition offers detailed advice and instruction on everything you need to know to pass the exam with flying colours.

• Clear explanations and lack of jargon make learning easy
• Observation charts and extra content are available for download upon purchase
• Combines nursing calculations and IV therapy to offer excellent value

Whether you're a student revising for the Nursing Calculations test, a newly qualified nurse looking to brush up on your maths skills, or a member of a medical staff who's been asked to take on nursing duties, this friendly and accessible guide makes maths less menacing.

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Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Nursing Calculations and IV Therapy 5

Chapter 1: Getting the Lowdown on Nursing Calculations and IV Therapy 7

Chapter 2: It’s about Units, Innit! The Metric System of Measurement 19

Chapter 3: Making a Point: Fractions and Decimals 33

Chapter 4: Ordering Parts with Percentages, Averages and Ratios 45

Chapter 5: Making Sense of Moles and Solution Concentrates 59

Chapter 6: Administering Drugs Accurately and Safely 69

Part II: Working Out Tablet and Liquid Dosages 89

Chapter 7: Measuring the Important Vital Signs 91

Chapter 8: Sorting Out Medication Dosages 111

Chapter 9: Making Out the Make‐Up of Pills 127

Chapter 10: Keeping Up to Scratch on Injections 137

Chapter 11: Comprehending Diagnostic Blood Tests: Venepuncture 155

Chapter 12: Using Advanced Formulae 169

Chapter 13: Monitoring Patients for Adverse Reactions 179

Part III: Figuring Out Infusion Rates for IV Therapy 197

Chapter 14: Water, Water, Everywhere! Looking at IV Fluids 199

Chapter 15: Discussing Drips and Drops: IV Therapy 221

Chapter 16: Round Peg in a Square Hole: Getting Drugs and Fluids

into the Body 239

Chapter 17: Administering Blood Components 259

Chapter 18: Reducing Infections and Needle Injuries 271

Chapter 19: Checking for IV Therapy Complications 285

Chapter 20: Meeting Sister Morphine: The Poppy and Pain Management 301

Part IV: Testing Your Calculations and IV Knowledge 311

Chapter 21: 101 Questions to Test Your IV Therapy Knowledge 313

Chapter 22: 101 Answers to the IV Therapy Questions 321

Part V: The Part of Tens 341

Chapter 23: Ten Tips for Administering IV Drugs Safely 343

Chapter 24: Ten Useful Drug‐Administration Formulae 349

Chapter 25: Ten Key Points When Administering Medication 355

Index 359

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## Author Information

Claire Boyd is a practice development trainer with the NHS and specialises in giving nurses the skills and self-belief to progress their careers. Her expertise is combined with a friendly approach to make learning both fast and fun.

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