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Antibiotics simplified (2018)
This text simplifies learning infectious disease pharmacotherapy and condenses the many facts that are taught about antibiotics into one quick reference guide. This guide will help students learn the characteristics of antibiotics and why an antibiotic is useful for an indication. With an understanding of the characteristics of the antibiotics, students will be able to make a logical choice to treat an infection more easily.
Dosage Calculations Made Incredibly Easy! (2013)
AAustralian and New Zealand edition. Part I presents fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios and proportions. Part II introduces the metric system, and also discusses unit and millimole systems. Part III looks at what constitutes a legal prescription, looks at the abbreviations that are used and presents the essentials of documentation. This section also includes a chapter devoted to preventing errors and promoting patient safety. Part IV covers oral, topical and rectal drugs. Part V focuses on parenteral administration.
Part VI deals with special considerations for paediatric, obstetric and critical care patients.
Essentials of Pharmacology for Nurses. (4th Edition)
This new edition has been carefully expanded to include new chapters on cardiovascular pharmacology and chemotherapy in cancer nursing. There are more details on drugs used in chronic and long-term conditions applied to nursing competencies and standards. It incorporates the new 2018 NMC standards for nursing education and links to practice guidelines. Additional case scenarios have been added spanning all areas of practice and include adult, elderly care, child, mental health and learning disability applications. This allows nurses to apply their knowledge to a range of different people with varying and complex needs to enhance their application to practice.
Medical Pharmacology at a Glance (2020)
Providing a visual overview of pharmacology, and describing the basic principles of drug action, interaction, absorption, and excretion.
Clear and accessible chapters organised around common diseases and conditions facilitate efficient clinical learning, and include references
to drug classes and side effects, disease pathophysiology, prescribing guidelines, and more.
Explains drug mechanisms and the principles of drug action Discusses practical topics including drug misuse, drug indications, and side effects
Pharmacology fundamentals, including where drugs come from and how they're classified and administered Drugs by pharmacological class for all body systems Pain medications, anti-infective drugs, drugs for fluid and electrolyte balance, and much more Nursing process steps for each drug class Potentially dangerous drug interactions Easy! series this text includes relevant language, references, legislation and measurements for the Australia New Zealand marketplace.
Pharmacology made incredibly easy! (2017)
Fundamentals of nursing pharmacology - Autonomic nervous system drugs - Neurologic and neuromuscular drugs - Pain medications
- Cardiovascular drugs - Respiratory drugs - Gastrointestinal drugs - Genitourinary drugs - Hematologic drugs - Endocrine drugs - Psychotropic drugs - Anti-infective drugs
- Anti-inflammatory, antiallergy, and immunosuppressant drugs
- Antineoplastic drugs - Drugs for fluid and electrolyte balance
Basic Maths for Nurses (2021)
Nurses in clinical environments will often encounter situations that require the use of mathematical formulas and computations, such as metric conversions, to provide safe and effective patient care. Therefore, it is essential for the nurse to have a strong understanding of basic math and good math skills
Pharmacodynamics: What a Drug Does to the Body (2017)
Mechanisms of Action 03:26
Using Drugs to Treat Disease 03:46 Monitoring 03:24
Drug Interactions 03:04
Adverse Drug Reactions 06:09
Generalized side effects (2017)
This video begins with an introduction to adverse drug reactions, looking at the generalized side effects for psychotropic medications used in the treatment of mental disorders. It teaches how to manage the different adverse reactions to ensure the patients continue their course of treatment in order to experience the potential benefits of psychotropic medication.
Pharmacology and the healthcare process (2017)
Discussing common causes of medication errors, this video teaches how to perform a patient medication assessment and reconciliation. It explains how a patient's age affects response to medications, defines the term polypharmacy, lists four criteria for setting patient care goals. The video also shows how to properly document medication administration.
Enrolled Nurses and Medicine Administration
Enrolled nurses (ENs) are able to administer medicines if they have completed medication administration education at some stage in their career. An EN is able to administer medicines unless they have a notation on their registration which advises that they have not completed medication education.
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare.
The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
This website contains information on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme including details of the medicines subsidised by the Australian Government as well as information for consumers, carers, health professionals and the pharmaceutical industry. The PBS is part of Australia’s broader National Medicines Policy.
The Poisons Standard
The Poisons Standard consists of decisions regarding the classification of medicines and poisons into Schedules for inclusion in the relevant legislation of the States and Territories. The Poisons Standard also includes model provisions about containers and labels, a list of products recommended to be exempt from these provisions, and recommendations about other controls on drugs and poisons.
Department of Health - Australia - Quality Use of Medicines
Selecting management options wisely;
considering the place of medicines in treating illness and maintaining health
recognising that there may be better ways than medicine to manage many disorders
Nursing Calculations - RMIT
The following tutorials are an introduction to basic drug calculations for nursing. After each tutorial, test your knowledge with the interactive activities.
Medicines - Australian Dept of Health
Medicines help to prevent, treat or cure disease. Some are available over the counter, others need a doctor’s prescription. Find out what we’re doing to make sure medicines in Australia are safe, good quality and do what they say they will do.
Medicines - HealthDirect
A-Z list of medicines and their effects
Types of drugs - Australian Dept of Health
Drugs can be grouped together in different ways – by the way they affect the body, how they are used or where they are used. Find out which drugs we are focused on reducing in Australia.
Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
Health professional information and education
Australian Prescriber is an independent peer-reviewed journal providing critical commentary on drugs and therapeutics for health professionals.
Journal of Research in Pharmacy Practice
The main focus is on evidence-based drug-related medical research, particularly in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Topics include pharmaceutical care around the world, clinical toxicology, pharmacoepidemiology, social pharmacy, pharmacy education, process and outcome research, pharmacy administration, pharmacoeconomics, health promotion and education and health informatics.
Gatford and Phillips' Drug Calculations (2023)
Supports the fundamental mathematical skills needed provide context and tips for application. With examples taken from everyday practice, learn calculations
for administering injections, tablets and mixtures, intravenous infusions, and safe dosages for children and the elderly.
Case scenarios and practical examples bring drug calculations to life
Introduction to the forms of medications - solid, liquid, infused and paediatric.
Covers medication administration concepts, mathematical formulas and pharmacokinetics related to calculating the
bioavailability of medications Safety messages and alerts ensure patient safety.
Australian drug guide (2022)
What the drug is for how it works in your body how to take the drug what to do if you miss a dose how long before you
can expect to benefit from taking it severe and minor side effects things you must tell your doctor before taking the drug
when you should not take the drug chemical names and drug classes all brand names and if a cheaper generic version is available
Australian Drug Guide also includes a safety checklist for age, pregnancy, breastfeeding, sport, driving, alcohol, pre-existing conditions and interactions with other medications.
Clinical dosage calculations (2020)
Part 1: Fundamental skills -- 1. Basic mathematics -- 2. Units of measurement -- 3. Medication charts -- 4. Using quality and risk management principles in dosage calculations -- 5. General dosage calculations -- 6. Infusion calculations -- Part 2: Skills deepening -- 7. Paediatric calculations -- 8. Aged care calculations -- 9. Midwifery calculations -- 10. Mental health calculations -- 11. Critical care and high dependency dosage calculations -- 12. Oncology calculations -- Part 3: Skills practice -- Practice questions -- Answers.
Australian Medicines Handbook (2020)
Australia's leading independent medicines reference providing concise, practical and reliable drug information. The book is designed with the busy health professional in mind. AMH structure is broken into easy to use chapters, drug classes and monographs, treatments and appendices.
Pharmacology in Nursing (2020)
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.
Community pharmacy - ANZ edition (2019)
This book has been carefully and thoroughly revised and reflects changes to over-the-counter drug scheduling and new over-the-counter drugs. In addition, the text highlights trends in pharmacy education and practice, with an emphasis on counselling, communication skills, evidence-based practice and customer requests specific to Australia and New Zealand.
Pharmacology for Health Professionals (2019)
Introduces essential pharmacology principles and concepts required to understand the therapeutic effects and clinical uses of current drugs and medicines.
For health sciences and nursing students and underpinned by current evidence-based medicine, this substantially updated edition continues to cover
topics vital to a holistic understanding of pharmacology.
These topics include historical, legal and ethical considerations, pharmacokinetics, and the therapeutic applications and adverse effects of current Australian and New Zealand drugs.
Havard's Nursing Guide to Drugs (2017)
Up-to-date drug administration information regarding form, action, use, dose, adverse effects and interactions in
compliance with current pharmaceutical guidelines from the Therapeutic Goods Administration and MIMS.
All drugs listed by therapeutic class and by body system Both trade names and generic drug names are provided
Icons indicate cautions for drugs used during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and drug specific restrictions in sport
A quick reference guide for calculating drug dosages and drip rates Common abbreviations, units and concentrations
The Pharmacy Technician. 2020
Master the latest knowledge and skills you need to work successfully with today's licensed pharmacists in a variety of clinical or retail settings. Moini's THE PHARMACY TECHNICIAN: A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH, 4E provides readings that explore the latest medical and pharmaceutical terminology, pharmaceutical calculations, and techniques.
Australian Medicines Handbook > NMT This link opens in a new window
An independent, evidence-based national drug reference which offers concise, reliable and comprehensive information with easy-to-find comparative drug data allowing users to compare drugs and make informed prescribing choices.
MIMS Online > NMT This link opens in a new window
Authoritative information about medications, descriptions, prescriptions and interactions. (Note: only four users can be online at any one time.)
Anatomy TV [Primal Pictures] > NMT
A collection of rotating, layered 3D human anatomy images, with clinical information, case studies and quizzes designed for health, fitness and beauty students.
Medication & Calculation Links
Free Pharmacy Technician Practice Tests
If you’re working towards your pharmacy technician certification, and preparing for your PTCB Exam, then be sure to try our PTCB practice tests. Our tests all have challenging questions that are similar to those found on the actual exam. We also have many other PTCB test prep resources. Be sure to check out our top 200 drugs quiz, our pharmacy abbreviations quiz, and our controlled substances quiz.
Quiz Basic Drug Calculations
PDF document on solving drug calculations.
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