Mosby's Drug Guide for Nurses, 6th Edition is a portable, current drug handbook containing information on more than 60 drug classifications and 4,000 individual generic and trade name drugs. Developed to meet student needs, this handbook includes detailed coverage of IV drugs; extensive coverage of interactions between drugs, drug classes, herbs, foods, and lab tests; a full-color drug identification guide; and a drug classification section covering groups of drugs by function. A disorders index helps the student locate information about drugs commonly used to treat more than 70 disorders. Special features promote safe medication administration and prevention of drug errors, including identification of high alert drugs, Do-Not-Crush and Nursing Alert icons, special Do-Not-Confuse headings, and guidelines for overdose treatment. Combination drugs are covered in an extensive appendix listing alphabetical brand names along with the products' generic components and dosages. An herbal appendix covers the common uses of over 80 herbal supplements. Additional appendixes include Recent FDA Drug Approvals and Rarely Used Drugs.Provides a full-color atlas of medication administration, including a review of Universal Standard Precautions, to clearly depict and visually reinforce key steps in safe and effective drug administration for various routes.Provides a biannual update on newly released drugs, in booklet form, that can be pasted on the inside back cover.Highlights key drugs with a special icon, both on the individual monograph and in the drug classification section, to help students focus on important drugs within drug classifications.Provides a separate monograph heading for therapeutic outcome, highlighted with an icon, to encourage critical thinking and provide a focus for the plan of care.Includes eye-catching special icons for pediatric and geriatric considerations to highlight important lifespan content.Features more than 60 Do Not Crush icons to denote drugs that may not be administered in crushed form.Features hundreds of potential interactions between drugs and herbal products, denoted by an eye-catching icon.Provides pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in chart form where appropriate for easy access to information.Provides both a general index and a disorders index for easy application within integrated pharmacology courses.Organizes monographs alphabetically to allow fast retrieval of essential information.Features a drug category section with nursing diagnoses, generic drugs, and highlighted key drugs in each category.Features a functional, user-friendly two-color design that includes icons for key drugs, therapeutic outcome, IV administration, lifespan content, nursing alerts, Do Not Crush precautions, herbal interactions, and nursing diagnoses; pediatric and geriatric content; critical points to assess; colored monograph headings; and screened index pages to facilitate easy location of information.Highlights critical nursing considerations with more than 110 special Nursing Alert icons to identify situations that potentially could cause harm to the patient.Highlights common side effects and life-threatening adverse reactions in a different typeface for immediate recognition in emergency situations and lists them by body system and in order of frequency for easy reference.Includes extensive interactions information for drug-to-drug, drug-to-drug category, drug-to-food, drug-to-herb, and lab test interferences.Highlights incompatibility information for site- and solution-specific incompatibilities.Designates generic drugs as prescription (Rx) or over-the-counter (OTC) for immediate identification of drug status.Provides both drug-to-drug and drug-to-solution compatibility charts for easy access.Includes appendixes on controlled substances, FDA pregnancy categories, nomogram for calculating body surface area, and commonly used abbreviations for quick clinical reference.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.Features a flexible, water-resistant cover that provides durability in the clinical setting.Contains an expanded appendix of Rarely Used Drugs that provides summaries of numerous products and helps distinguish these products from more commonly administered drugs.Features appendix of Combination Products that provides a listing of product names, generic ingredients, and component dosages for more than 500 combination products.The quarterly free Internet updates provide the latest information, including drug dosage calculators, monographs for drugs not found in the book, a drug name safety guide, current FDA drug alerts, and the newest drug approvals.The DrugSmart CD-ROM features a unique dosages and solutions tutorial, a number of comprehensive herbal monographs, and pdf files of all key drugs found in the book so that students can easily and conveniently print out material for clinicals.Contains 40 new monographs for FDA-approved drugs in the Selected New Drugs appendix to provide the very latest drug information.Offers 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.Features new "Tall man" spellings for easily confused drug names in accordance with the latest FDA recommendations.Includes the newest NANDA nursing diagnoses - vital to students in writing care plans - and cross references to help students find material in the appendices and cross references to material in the appendices.Includes table of Recent FDA Drug Approvals in Appendix B that provides generic/trade names and uses for the most recently approved drugs.New monograph headers indicate over 100 additional drugs included on the Drug Guide website in full monograph form.