Delmar Nurse's Drug Handbook 2012 Edition

  • AUTHORS: George R. Spratto; Adrienne L. Woods
  • ISBN-13: 9781111310653 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 2208 Pages  Paperback 
  • 21st Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2011, 2010, 2009
  • ©2012     Published
  • Prices are valid only in the respective region


About The Product

Put the latest edition of today's most trusted drug reference guide in your nursing students' hands with DELMAR NURSE'S DRUG HANDBOOK™ 2012 EDITION. This essential resource clearly describes the most important information for over 770 of the latest and most common FDA-approved drugs. Each entry provides a wealth of information concerning drug action, pharmacokinetics, dosage, interactions, and contraindications. Clear guidelines are also provided for administration of drugs, communication with clients, and nursing considerations. This edition offers even more convenience with an iPhone®/iPod® touch Application that places the complete drug guide at your fingertips with enhanced search options.


  • Free iPhone®/iPod® touch Application with 50 of the most commonly prescribed drugs.
  • Detailed nursing considerations for each drug, including step-by-step client teaching information.
  • "Black Box" icons alert users to particularly dangerous drugs with serious and life-threatening side effects.
  • "Ear" icons identify drug names that sound like others, to prevent medication errors.

About the Contributor

  • George R. Spratto

    George Spratto is a former Dean and Professor of Pharmacology in the School of Pharmacy at West Virginia University. He uses his pharmacology expertise required to effectively edit monographs, research market changes, and prioritize drug inclusion for The 2013 EDITION DELMAR NURSE'S DRUG HANDBOOK™.

  • Adrienne L. Woods

    Adrienne L. Woods worked in nursing for more than 35 years with the last 15 as a Nurse Practitioner. Her experience includes psychiatry; acute medical and surgical floors; medical, surgical, and coronary I.C.U.; and E.R. settings. She has also been nurse manager of an I.C.U. and a nursing supervisor. Currently a clinical instructor and adjunct faculty member in the College of Nursing at the University of Delaware, she also works as a private consultant and with a professional union. Ms. Woods serves on a post-deployment team caring for Iraqi war veterans and polytrauma patients. In addition to various certifications, she was Awarded Delaware Nurse Practitioner Advocate by A.A.N.P. in 2009. Ms. Woods is a member of A.N.A., Sigma Theta Tau, A.A.N.P., and D.C.N.P.

Table of Contents

Notice to the Reader.
Quick Reference Guide to a Drug Monograph.
Quick Reference to Technology Tools.
1. A-Z Listing of Drugs.
2. Therapeutic Drug Classifications.
Alkylating Agents.
Alpha-1-Adrenergic Blocking Agents.
Amphetamines and Derivatives.
Angiotensin II Receptor Antagonists.
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors.
Antianginal Drugs---Nitrates/Nitrites.
Antiarrhythmic Drugs.
Antidepressants, Tricyclic.
Antidiabetic Agents.
Hypoglycemic Agents.
Antidiabetic Agents.
Antihistamines (H1 Blockers).
Antihyperlipidemic Agents---HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors.
Antihypertensive Agents.
Anti-Infective Drugs.
Antineoplastic Agents.
Antiparkinson Agents.
Antipsychotic Agents, Phenothiazines.
Antiviral Drugs.
Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Agents.
Calcium Channel Blocking Agents.
Calcium Salts. Cephalosporins.    
Cholinergic Blocking Agents.
Diuretics, Loop.
Diuretics, Thiazides.    
Heparins, Low Molecular Weight.
Histamine H2 Antagonists.
Narcotic Analgesics.
Narcotic Antagonists.
Neuromuscular Blocking Agents.
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs.
Oral Contraceptives: Estrogen-Progesterone Combinations.
Progesterone and Progestins.    
Proton Pump Inhibitors.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.
Serotonin 5-HT1 Receptor Agonists.
(Antimigraine Drugs).
Skeletal Muscle Relaxants, Centrally Acting.    
Sympathomimetic Drugs.
Thyroid Drugs.
Tranquilizers/Antimanic Drugs/Hypnotics.
Appendix 1: Commonly Used Abbreviations and Symbols.
Appendix 2: Medication Errors: The Importance of Reporting.
Appendix 3: Controlled Substances in the United States and Canada.
Appendix 4: Pregnancy Categories: FDA Assigned.
Appendix 5: Calculating Body Surface Area and Body Mass Index.
Appendix 6: Elements of a Prescription.
Appendix 7: Easy Formulas for IV Rate Calculation.
Appendix 8: Commonly Used Combination Drugs.
Appendix 9: Drug/Food Interactions.
Appendix 10: Drugs Whose Effects are Modified by Grapefruit Juice.
Appendix 11: Drugs That Should Not Be Crushed.
Appendix 12: Patient Safety Goals.
Appendix 13: Cultural Aspects of Medicine Therapy.
Appendix 14: Common Spanish Phrases and Terms Used in a Health Care Setting.
Appendix 15: Medication Reconciliation.
IV Index.

New to this Edition

  • iPhone®/iPod® touch Application with the complete drug guide at your fingertips.
  • Approximately 15 new FDA-approved drugs.
  • Comprehensive IV information including compatibility and incompatibility.
  • Latest patient safety goals are provided for quick reference.
  • Revised Combination Drugs appendix is streamlined for ease of use.
  • Reorganized to more closely follow the nursing process.
  • New, expanded trim size for enhanced readability.