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Nursing & Health Survival Guide

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Some classes of drugs Common abbreviations used in drug administration Some definitions Routes of drug administration Drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination Mechanisms of drug action pharmacodynamics Drug receptors Some drugs affecting adrenergic transmission Drugs and the respiratory tract Steroids (glucocorticoids, corticosteroids) Cardiovascular drugs Cardiac contraction Antiarrhythmic drugs Lipid lowering drugs NICE guidance to choice of drug treatment for newly diagnosed hypertension Prevention of CVD Chronic heart failure Antithrombotics Diuretics Urinary incontinence Gastrointestinal tract Animetics Analgesics Insulin Some antibacterial drugs The central nervous system Antidepressants Hypnotics Antipsychotic drugs Adverse drug reactions Adverse drug events Drug and food interactions Some differentiating features of drug overdose Common drug overdoses Useful websites

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This handy pocket sized text acts as a super quick reference guide to drugs on the ward, it contains information on common abbreviations, sites of drug administration, and a quick re-cap on how drugs work.


"Aconcise, pocket-sized book that is cost-effective and very useful for a both nursing students and newly qualified nurses. It gives an understanding of how drugs work in each body system and provides guidance on drug administration, drug interactions, contraindications and side effects. [...] This handy guide is also very useful for undergraduate nursing students undertaking pharmacology or pathology and disease management modules because of its resourcefulness in aiding revision and learning practices for exams and assignments." - Tianna Jarrett-Williams, Nursing Student

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