This portable, up-to-date handbook contains all of the information essential to safe administration of more than 1,300 generic and 4,500 trade name drugs. Thoroughly revised and updated every year, Mosby's 2004 Nursing Drug Reference features more than 2,000 new drug facts, including revised nursing considerations, patient and family teaching guidelines, and hundreds of newly researched side effects, adverse reactions, precautions, interactions, contraindications, IV therapy facts, and herbal interactions. Many additional features promote safe medication administration and prevention of drug errors.
- Presents more than 1,300 generic drugs (encompassing more than 4,500 trade names) in an alphabetical organization for quick clinical reference
- Provides extensive nursing considerations in a concise, practice-oriented framework: Assess, Administer, Perform/Provide, Evaluate, and Teach Patient/Family
- Identifies High-Alert drugs to warn nurses to take extra care in administering the drugs most likely to cause patient harm.
- Offers lifespan content with geriatric, pediatric, and pregnancy considerations throughout.
- Highlights common and life-threatening side effects in different typefaces for easy identification, with side effects listed in decreasing order of likelihood.
- Highlights critical nursing considerations with a special Nursing Alert icon for considerations that require special attention.
- Features more than 100 Do Not Crush icons to denote drugs that may not be administered in crushed form.
- Features over 400 potential interactions between drugs and herbal products, denoted by an eye-catching icon.
- Lists over 1,700 pairs of look-alike/sound-alike drug names under special Do Not Confuse headings within drug monographs to help nurses avoid administering the wrong drug.
- Groups IV drug information under the monograph subheading Administer, ensuring that all of the IV drug administration content is grouped together in one easy-to-find place.
- Includes all drug compatibility information under the Administer monograph subheading to make this crucial information easy to locate.
- Features boldface route subheadings (IM, PO, etc.) under the Dosage and Routes and the Administer monograph subheadings to help the user find information quickly.
- Includes several detailed multi-product monographs that group all chemically similar forms of insulin, cephalosporin (1st-, 2nd-, 3rd- and 4th-generation), and penicillin together into single monographs, with cross-references to the individual forms of these drugs inserted alphabetically throughout the monographs in easy-to-find colored monograph header blocks.
- Features a functional two-color design that highlights key information for quick, easy reference
- Includes a separate section of drug category information that includes nursing considerations and a list of common generic drugs in each category
- Provides a complete clinical reference by including appendixes of recent FDA drug approvals; ophthalmic, otic, nasal, and topical products; vaccines and toxoids, combination products; rarely used drugs; less frequently used antihistamines; FDA pregnancy categories; controlled substances; commonly used abbreviations; weights and equivalents; formulas for drug calculations; nomogram for calculation of body surface area; and commonly used antibiotics in adults and children.
- Presents new drug monographs in a separate appendix to help the user distinguish them from previously released products.
- Includes an appendix that lists the names and uses of approximately 75 of the most commonly used herbal products.
- Features a 16-page insert containing a drug identification guide with 160 new full-color photographs of frequently prescribed tablets and capsules, to help nurses identify common drugs and deliver safe, quality patient care; photos are arranged alphabetically by generic name, with common trade names and dosage strengths included
- Includes an appendix with approximately 700 pairs of look-alike/sound-alike drug names to help ensure administration of the correct drug.
- Offers a combination products appendix that includes nearly 900 products in an easy-to-read format that includes uses for all drugs as well as product names and the dosages of generic components.
- Provides a Syringe Compatibility Chart inside the front cover and an IV Drug/Solution Compatibility Chart inside the back cover.
- Offers a flexible, water-resistant cover that provides durability in the clinical setting.
- Includes a DrugPro mini CD-ROM that contains a comprehensive drug interaction tool, over 200 patient teaching guidelines in English and Spanish, and complete monographs for 30 of the most popular herbs.
- Includes free Internet updates at to provide users with the latest drug alerts, abbreviated new drug monographs, tables of recently released U.S. and Canadian drugs, links to useful drug-related websites, an extensive table of orphan drugs, a detailed table of AHA drug dosing guidelines based on the 2000 AHA standards, and a comprehensive Drug Safety reference.
New to this Edition
- Presents more than 2,000 new drug facts, including patient/family teaching guidelines as well as updated drug interactions, side effects, precautions, contraindications, and IV therapy facts.
- Contains approximately 20 new monographs for drugs recently approved by the FDA (Appendix A) to provide the very latest drug information.
- Includes a table of selected newly approved drugs with generic names, trade names, and uses for drugs so recently released that full information was not available at press time (Appendix B)
- Features approximately 50 New Research headings to denote drugs involved in current key research studies.