For current, complete drug information with a focus on safe medication administration, this is the book for you! This indispensable resource, featuring the latest drug information organized alphabetically, is a favorite of students and practitioners. You'll find drug indications, precautions and nursing considerations applicable to all of your patients. Every copy also includes a CD-ROM packed with useful tools, such as patient teaching guides in English and Spanish, a drug-interaction tool and detailed information on herbal products.Highlights High Alert drugs to caution nurses to use extra care in administering drugs most likely to cause patient harm.Features Research headings to denote drugs currently involved in important research studies.Features more than 100 Do Not Crush icons to denote drugs that may not be administered in crushed form.Presents more than 1,300 generic drugs (encompassing more than 4,500 trade names) in an alphabetical organization for quick clinical reference.Provides extensive nursing considerations in a concise, practice-oriented framework: Assess, Administer, Perform/Provide, Evaluate, and Teach Patient/Family.Organizes monographs alphabetically by generic drug name to allow for fast retrieval of needed information.Offers lifespan content via coverage of geriatric, pediatric, and pregnancy considerations throughout.Highlights common and life-threatening side effects in different typefaces for easy identification, with side effects listed in decreasing order of likelihood.Identifies critical nursing considerations with a special Nursing Alert icon to identify considerations that require special attention.Features over 400 potential interactions between drugs and herbal products, denoted by an eye-catching icon.Nursing Drug Dosage Calculators provide users with quick, portable confirmation of key drug calculations.Groups IV drug information under the monograph subheading Administer, with a boldface IV heading ensuring that all of the IV drug administration content is grouped together in one easy-to-find place.Includes all drug compatibility information under the Administer monograph subheading to make this crucial information easy to locate.Includes a separate section of drug category information that includes nursing considerations and a list of common generic drugs in each category.Provides a complete clinical reference by including appendixes of recent FDA drug approvals; ophthalmic, otic, nasal, and topical products; vaccines and toxoids, combination products; less frequently used antihistamines; FDA pregnancy categories; controlled substances; commonly used abbreviations; weights and equivalents; formulas for drug calculations; nomogram for calculation of body surface area; and commonly used antibiotics in adults and children.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. It also has been completely updated to reflect the top 50 prescribed drugs in 2003.Lists over 1,700 pairs of look-alike/sound-alike drug names under special Do Not Confuse headings within drug monographs to help nurses avoid administering the wrong drug.Provides a Syringe Compatibility Chart inside the front cover and an IV Drug/Solution Compatibility Chart inside the back cover.A special Herbal Product icon highlights over 700 potential interactions between drugs and herbal products and an Herbal Products appendix also lists over 75 popular herbal supplements and their uses.The Combination Products appendix includes nearly 900 commonly used combination products, their individual components, and their uses.Offers a flexible, water-resistant cover that provides durability in the clinical setting.Includes a DrugPro mini CD-ROM that contains a comprehensive drug interaction tool, over 200 patient teaching guidelines in English and Spanish, and detailed monographs for more than 30 of the most popular herbal products.Includes free Internet updates to provide users with the latest drug alerts, abbreviated new drug monographs, tables of recently released U.S. and Canadian drugs, links to useful drug-related websites, an extensive table of orphan drugs, a detailed table of AHA drug dosing guidelines based on the 2000 AHA standards, and a comprehensive drug safety reference.Contains approximately 20 new monographs for drugs recently approved by the FDA to provide the very latest drug information plus a table of newly approved drugs with generic names, trade names, and uses.Presents 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.A Look-alike/sound-alike Drug Names appendix has been updated and expanded to include nearly 1,200 pairs of drug names that may be easily confused.An updated functional, two-color design highlights all monograph subheadings, while alphabetical organization and A-to-Z thumb tabs allow instant retrieval of essential information.