Focus on Pharmacology: Essentials for Health Professionals eBook (3e) : 9780134525358

Focus on Pharmacology: Essentials for Health Professionals eBook (3e)

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About the book: For pharmacology courses in any allied health program, including programs for medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, respiratory care technicians, surgical technicians, and physical therapy assistants.

Focus on Pharmacology: Essentials for Health Professionals helps students learn pharmacology by presenting small amounts of information and then offering opportunities for readers to apply what they’ve learned through a variety of exercises. Designed specifically for allied health students, early chapters lay the groundwork for learning pharmacology by introducing its history, legal and ethical principles, drug administration techniques, essential math, calculations, and medication errors. Subsequent chapters offer a structured presentation of the drugs intended to treat specific body systems and associated disorders.

Each drug chapter starts with a concise review of anatomy and physiology, providing a foundation for understanding drug actions and uses. Pharmacologic principles are then presented in a consistent and easy-to-follow format, using clearly identifiable question-headings that help students focus on need-to-know drug information. Pediatric and geriatric pharmacotherapies are covered in detail, as are substance abuse, antibiotics, and other drug categories. Updated with the latest drug information and featuring seven new chapters, the 3rd Edition’s focused, teach-and-test approach blends concise content with an engaging learning process to help students better retain essential information.

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Table of contents
  • Unit 1: General Principles 
  • 1. Introduction to Pharmacology 
  • 2. Pharmacodynamics
  • 3. Pharmacokinetics
  • 4. Drug Toxicity Pharmacogenomics
  • 5. Law and Ethics of Medications 
  • 6. Terminology, Abbreviations, and Dispensing Prescriptions 
  • 7. Administration of Medications 
  • Unit 2: Mathematics and Dosage Calculations 
  • 8. Principles of Math in Medicine 
  • 9. Measurement Systems and Their Equivalents 
  • 10. Adult and Pediatric Dosage Calculations 
  • 11. Medication Errors and Prevention 
  • Unit 3: Drug Effects on Multiple Systems 
  • 12. Nutritional Aspects of Pharmacology  
  • 13. Dietary Supplements and Alternative Therapies
  • 14. Toxicology 
  • 15. Substance Abuse and Misuse
  • 16. Antibacterial Agents 
  • 17. Antiviral Agents
  • 18. Antifungal Agents 
  • 19. Antiprotozoal Agents
  • 20. Vaccines and Immunoglobulins
  • 21. Analgesic, Antipyretic, and Anti-Inflammatory Drugs 
  • 22. Antineoplastic Agents 
  • Unit 4: Drug Effects on Specific Systems 
  • 23. Drugs Used to Treat Central Nervous System Conditions 
  • 24. Drugs Used to Treat Autonomic Nervous System Conditions 
  • 25. Anesthetic Agents 
  • 26. Drugs Used to Treat Skin Conditions 
  • 27. Drugs Used to Treat Cardiovascular Conditions 
  • 28. Drugs Used to Treat Vascular Conditions 
  • 29. Drugs Used to Treat Hyperlipidemia and Related Conditions
  • 30. Anticoagulants 
  • 31. Drugs Used to Treat Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances 
  • 32. Drugs Used to Treat Endocrine Conditions 
  • 33. Drugs Used to Treat Reproductive Conditions 
  • 34. Drugs Used to Treat Gastrointestinal Conditions 
  • 35. Drugs Used to Treat Respiratory Conditions 
  • 36. Drugs Used to Treat Musculoskeletal Conditions 
  • 37. Drugs Used to Treat Eye Conditions 
  • Unit 5: Special Populations 
  • 38. Drugs Used to Treat Geriatric Patients 
  • 39. Drugs Used to Treat Pediatric Patients 
  • 40. Drugs Used to Treat Pregnant Patients 
Features & benefits

A focused, teach-and-test approach to learning pharmacology

  • Provides fast access to the knowledge that matters most through a structured presentation of drugs intended to treat specific body systems and associated disorders.

    • A concise review of anatomy and physiology gives students a strong foundation for understanding the actions, effects, and uses of each drug.

    • Pharmacologic principles are presented in a consistent and easy-to-follow format  using clearly identifiable question-headings that help students focus on key points about drugs and drug classes, including “How do they work?” “How are they used?” “What are the adverse effects?” “What are the contradictions and interactions?” “What should patients know?”

  • Makes learning pharmacology more engaging and interactive using a proven teach-and-test approach. The text presents small amounts of information and then quickly challenges  students with applying what they’ve just learned using three sets of exercises: strategically placed in-chapter Apply Your Knowledge questions; end-of-chapter Practical Scenarios with critical-thinking questions; and end-of-unit Checkpoint Reviews that reflect the formats of most certifying and licensing exams by including multiple-choice and essay questions.

  • UPDATED: Gives students complete, up-to-date reference material for both study and practice with drug dosing information. Each drug chapter includes up-to-date tables of all drugs discussed in each chapter, arranged by classes and formatted to include generic and trade names, adult dosing, and route of administration.

  • Prepares students to recognise the unique care requirements of special populations—including pediatrics and geriatrics. To ensure that readers understand how to provide safe and effective pharmacological care to all populations, boxed features highlight significant or difficult concepts in pharmacology and pediatric- or geriatric-specific information.

  • Helps students safely serve people who are using complementary and/or alternative treatments. Drug interactions related to complementary and alternative medicines—including herbs, supplements, and foods—are highlighted in Focus on Natural Products boxes.

  • Helps students study more effectively with proven pedagogical features. Every chapter includes clear chapter objectives, key terms with pronunciations, chapter capsule reviews, and many figures and photos.

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