Pharmacology in Nursing, Australian and New Zealand 2nd Edition, focuses on the use of drugs as medications within the healthcare environment in Australia and New Zealand. This text is a resource for nurses and health professionals in their understanding of drugs and their actions, especially with regard to the responsibilities of nurses in relation to medication administration and patient management. The text introduces medications and medication therapies, and the principles and methods of medication administration, with an emphasis on the implications for nursing care. Specific medication therapy considerations for paediatric and aged-care clients are presented in separate chapters to highlight the special concerns for these groups. A review of dosage calculations is also included. The text takes a body systems approach, focusing on the pharmacology of the medications that act on the various body systems and their disorders.
Section 1: Introduction to drugs and medication administration 1. Medications/agents and factors affecting their action 2. Pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics 3. Calculating medication dosages 4. Principles and methods of medication administration 5. Intravenous medication therapy 6. Medication therapy for paediatric clients 7. Medication therapy for aged-care clients 8. Prevention of medication errors 9. Legal & ethical considerations for medication administration Section 2: Agents that interfere with microbial growth 10. Antimicrobial therapy and antibacterial agents 11. Antiparasitic, antiviral and antifungal agents Section 3: Agents used to control pain and inflammation 12. Anaesthetics 13. Analgesics and antipyretics 14. Anti-inflammatory agents 15. Agents used to treat hyperuricemia and gout Section 4: Agents affecting the nervous system 16. Autonomic nervous system agents 17. Central nervous system sedatives and hypnotics 18. Antidepressant, antipsychotic and mood stabiliser agents 19. Agents used as central nervous system stimulants 20. Agents used to treat Alzheimer's disease 21. Antiparkinson's agents 22. Anticonvulsants 23. Agents used in musculoskeletal disorders 24. Substance abuse Section 5: Agents used to treat haematological disorders 25. Agents used to treat anaemias 26. Agents affecting blood clotting Section 6: Agents used to treat cardiovascular disorders 27. Cardiac stimulants and depressants 28. Agents that dilate blood vessels 29. Antihypertensives 30. Diuretics 31. Agents used in the treatment of hyperlipidaemia Section 7: Agents used to treat respiratory disorders 32. Antihistamines and nasal decongestants 33. Antitussive agents and medications affecting respiratory secretions 34. Bronchodilators and prophylactic respiratory agents Section 8: Agents used to treat gastrointestinal disorders 35. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional agents 36. Agents used to treat hyperacidity and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease 37. Anti-emetics and emetics 38. Laxatives and antidiarrheals Section 9: Agents used to correct endocrine imbalance 39. Agents affecting thyroid, parathyroid, and pituitary function 40. Agents used to treat hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia Section 10: Agents affecting the reproductive system 41. Sex hormones 42. Agents used in obstetrical care Section 11: Agents affecting immunity 43. Agents affecting immunity 44. Agents used in the treatment of cancer Section 12: Agents used to treat eye, ear, and skin disorders 45. Agents used in the treatment of eye disorders 46. Agents used in the treatment of ear disorders 47. Agents used in the treatment of skin disorders Section 13: Complementary medications 48. Common complementary medications
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