• Section 1 Principles of pharmacology
1.1 Introduction to pharmacology; 1.2 The law, drugs and prescribing; 1.3 Medicines management; 1.4 Formulation and administration; 1.5 Pharmacokinetics; 1.6 Pharmacodynamics; 1.7 Adverse drug reactions
• Section 2 Autonomic nervous system
2.1 Autonomic nervous system - overview; 2.2 Adrenergic pharmacology; 2.3 Cholinergic pharmacology
• Section 3 Pain, analgesia and anaesthesia
3.1 Pain, analgesia and anaesthesia - overview; 3.2 Opioid analgesia; 3.3 Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and paracetamol; 3.4 Anaesthesia
• Section 4 Central nervous system
4.1 Central nervous system - overview; 4.2 Chemical transmission in the brain; 4.3 Epilepsy; 4.4 Antipsychotics; 4.5 Antidepressants and mood stabilisers; 4.6 Anxiolytics and hypnotics; 4.7 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); 4.8 Neurodegenerative disorders
• Section 5 Cardiovascular system
5.1 Cardiovascular system - overview; 5.2 Hypertension; 5.3 Atherosclerosis and lipid-lowering drugs; 5.4 Ischaemic heart disease; 5.5 Cardiac arrhythmias; 5.6 Cardiac failure; 5.7 Antithrombotics
• Section 6 Respiratory, renal and gastrointestinal systems
6.1 Respiratory system; 6.2 Renal system; 6.3 Gastrointestinal tract
• Section 7 Endocrine system
7.1 Endocrine pancreas and diabetes mellitus; 7.2 Pituitary gland and adrenal cortex; 7.3 Disorders of bone and bone metabolism; 7.4 Sex hormones; 7.5 Pregnancy
• Section 8 Chemotherapy, antimicrobials and the immune system
8.1 Cancer chemotherapy; 8.2 Antimicrobial drugs; 8.3 The Immune system
• Section 9 Other areas of pharmacology
9.1 Herbal medicines; 9.2 Paediatric pharmacology; 9.3 Drugs and the elderly; 9.4 Topical drugs; 9.5 Emergency treatment of poisoning
Appendix: Drug measurement and calculations
Following the success of the previous edition, A Nurse’s Survival Guide to Drugs in Practice has been completely updated with revised content written by expert practitioners and educators in the field of drug administration and pharmacology. It continues to follow the popular systems approach and is now revised with new sections on the immune system added.
• Ann Richards, BA(Hons), MSc DipN(Lon), RGN,RNT, Associate Lecturer, The Open University, UK.
• Sharon L. Edwards, EdD SFHEA NTF MSc PGCEA DipN(Lon) RN , Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Allied Health, Buckinghamshire New University, Uxbridge, UK.