The Nurse's Drug Handbook, 5th ed. Loebl S, Spratto GR, Woods AL, Media, Pa, Harwal Publishing Co, 1989, 1202 pages, $27.95, paperback.
The fifth edition of The Nurse's Drug Handbook has been reorganized into 12 parts for easy use. Information on individual drugs or drug classes are presented in chapters according to physiologic systems or specific conditions treated. Each chapter also presents general information about the drugs or the conditions for which they are intended.
The first part of the book is particularly helpful for students or beginning nurses, and is an excellent review for all nurses. Pharmacokinetics, the study of the fate of drugs in the body, is most important because of the increasing number of potent drugs that are now taken concomitantly over prolonged periods. Untoward reactions, drug toxicity, interactions and nursing implications are thoroughly covered. All nursing implications are highlighted throughout the text. Administration of medications by all routes is covered in great detail, including via enteral tubes, inhalation, eye, ear, nose, venous perfusion, and intra-arterial infusion. Special considerations for the pediatric, geriatric, and pregnant patient are included, as well as material on promoting compliance through teaching.
For every drug, a classification, general statement, action, use, contraindications, side effects, interactions, laboratory test interferences, adult and pediatric dosages, administration, storage, and nursing implications are included. The text contains a comprehensive glossary of terms, appendices with numerous charts, and therapeutic drug levels listed inside the front cover for quick reference.
Nearly 75 new drugs have been added to this edition of The Nurse's Drug Handbook. Its clarity and size (6V4 in ? 9V2 in) make it easy to use. The authors are to be commended for their exceptional efforts in updating this text in an everchanging field.