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Essential Calculation Skills for Nurses and Midwives

'This book has been an enormous help throughout revision time. It is a simple guide to learning a variety of calculations such as division, multiplications, ratios, and percentages; all of which are in constant use in healthcare settings. The book is well crafted, composing of easy to understand terms and techniques to carry out calculations. It uses scenarios which cater specifically for nurses and other healthcare professions by using common drugs and dosages. It also offers tips on medication safety and attempts to integrate practice with theory by including Nursing and Midwifery codes and NHS guidelines' - Erin Tierney, Nursing Student, Swansea University, UK. 'This book is suitable for those preparing for entry to healthcare programmes as well as those undertaking pre-registration programmes, post-registration courses and those just needing to make a 'quick check' whilst in practice. Clear step-by-step explanations are given to each of the exercises, demonstrating a variety of strategies to arrive at the same answer. Each chapter gives clear examples as to when the calculation would be used which helps the reader to link theory and practice' - Nicci Whiteing, Lecturer in Adult Nursing, School of Community & Health Sciences, City University, London, UK. 'Designed for use by students of all branches of nursing and midwifery, this book covers the calculations they need to know with remarkable clarity. Written to engage with students' learning in both theory and practice, it is ideal for all those entering the nursing or midwifery register' - Philip Scullion, Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care, Coventry University, UK. 'There are easy to understand worked examples in each section along with practice exercises. All of the practice questions have been put in the context of real life situation which makes them easier to understand. I would recommend this book to anyone undertaking a pre registration nursing or midwifery course, I found it extremely useful in helping me to prepare for my recent drug calculations exam' - Nina Griffiths, Nursing Student, Swansea University, UK. Worried about your calculation skills? Looking for some help to make sure you are up to scratch? As a healthcare practitioner, you need to be confident that you can deal competently with any numerical situation you may come across. This handy book provides a guide to common numerical calculations found in healthcare practice and uses everyday examples to enable you to apply numerical principles correctly in your own practice. This user-friendly book is suitable for a wide variety of healthcare practitioners, including all nurses and midwives. It is full of authentic worked examples. It features core clinical charts, prescription models, labels and diagrams. Types of calculation covered include: decimals; fractions; percentages and ratios; and, ratios and proportion. The book shows you how to calculate doses correctly for tablets, capsules, fluids and injections. Meriel Hutton encourages you to find a method which suits you personally - with the emphasis always on patient safety. The increasing complexity of problems throughout the book builds as you progress, helping you calculate with confidence.
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Table of Contents

1 Basic mathematical skills 2Fluid Balance Charts 3Medications Safety 4Oral medications 5Injections and IV fluids 6More complex calculations for critical care areas

About the Author

Meriel Hutton is Visiting Lecturer at King's College London, UK and has worked with the NMC and NHS Education for Scotland on standards for calculation competency among nurses and midwives.

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