Reviewer: Margaret A Holder, PhD (University of North Florida Brooks College of Health)
Description: This is a pocket sized reference tool for the top 150 commonly prescribed medications. It provides wipe-free, waterproof, and reusable patient assessment tools and worksheets for often required but rarely memorized clinical information. This is a particularly useful tool for students, new practitioners, and those returning to active practice.
Purpose: The book provides rapid access to basic essential medication and patient safety information in an easy to use format. It is designed as a portable tool to assist in safe medication administration. It serves this purpose for both the novice and returning practitioner.
Audience: Written for students and professionals, it is of particular value for those new to the profession and those returning after an absence. It is a useful teaching tool for experienced practitioner in mentoring novices.
Features: This book is divided into several sections. Included are safe medication administration hints, medication error alerts, and commonly prescribed medication information. The tools section provides emergency drug information, lab values, and common conversion charts. There is also a section for written notes that is wipe-free and reusable. The illustrations are particularly well done. The major shortcoming of the book is that the authors' credentials are not presented, but the content appears well researched.
Assessment: This is useful for students, new practitioners and returning professionals. It would also be a valuable in-service education tool. The book has a unique format that is almost indestructible. It is an easily accessible pocket reference that users can personalize to meet their own needs/requirements.