Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations: A Guide for Effective Dosing

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ASHP, Aug 24, 2009 - Medical - 208 pages
Have you ever wondered if you calculated your patient’s dosage correctly? Against a backdrop of the growing scrutiny of appropriate dosages, this textbook takes a fresh, new approach to helping health professionals strengthen care to and possibly save the lives of patients living with pain. This easy-to-understand and often humorous book is the most comprehensive to-date on opioid calculations for pain management and palliative care. It carefully walks clinicians through a five-step process for performing opioid conversion calculations in the real-world situations they often see. The book has case examples, simple charts and tables, and practice problems throughout on topics such as:·         difficult conversions for methadone, fentanyl, PCA, and neuraxial opioid therapy·         conversions between routes and dosage formulations of the same opioids and different opioids·         titrating opioid dosages up and down to include dosage change and timing·         calculating doses for rescue opioid therapy Written by pain management expert Dr. Mary Lynn McPherson, the book gives helpful tips that practitioners should incorporate into their practices. It is a must for clinicians at all levels: hospice and palliative care physicians, physician’s assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists. Clinicians will come away with more confidence in doing the calculations, and higher service levels from the improvement in care.  
 

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I read several sections of this book in the Google preview version and found it very helpful. Dr. McPherson was one of my professors in school and I loved her sense of humor then. The book is as funny or perhaps even more funny than she is in person. No applesauce morphine muffins? I love it! Give this book as a gift to your favorite pharmacist. 

Contents

Chapter 2
17
Chapter 3
41
Around the Clock and to the Rescue
57
Chapter 5
83
Chapter 6
107
Chapter 7
145
Chapter 8
167
Glossary
183
Index
191
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