Safe and effective prescribing is one of the pillars of medical practice but is much more complicated than it seems. Many new prescribers find prescribing extremely challenging, and a plethora of independent, multidisciplinary prescribers are also seeking guidance. However, pharmacology textbooks are rarely practical. They warn to 'take care when prescribing erythromycin to a patient on warfarin, as the INR may rise'. But what should the prescriber actually do? Surviving Prescribing fulfils an important need by offering practical advice for real-world prescribing problems. The book complements existing educational resources but adds a new perspective. Written by experienced contributors from a variety of professional backgrounds, the content speaks directly to the problems routinely seen in hospital prescribing. And all in one, pocket-sized volume. Whether revising for the national Prescribing Safety Assessment, preparing for starting on the wards, or looking for a quick reference guide, this book is an essential companion.
, Robert Shulman
, Mayur Murali
Cambridge University Press
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2nd Revised edition
25 June 2020
Professional and scholarly
Section 1. Introduction; 1. The basics of safe drug use Yogini Jain; Section 2. Prescribing for patient groups; 2. Prescribing in renal disease Dipty Joshi; 3. Prescribing for children Abimbola Sanu; 4. Prescribing for older patients Shirley Ip; 5. Prescribing in pregnancy Alia Husain; 6. The basic principles of prescribing and breastfeeding Alia Husain; 7. Management of the delirious (acutely confused) patient Jim Bolton; 8. Prevention of delirium tremens and management of alcohol withdrawal syndrome Rob Shulman; Section 3. Emergency prescribing; 9. Diabetic ketoacidosis Lloyd E. Kwanten; 10. Hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state Lloyd E. Kwanten; 11. Hypoglycaemia Lloyd E. Kwanten; 12. Paracetamol overdose Mayur Murali; 13. Emergency prescribing in cardiology Sebastian Vandermolen and David Brull; 14. Emergency prescribing in neurosurgery Sheetal Sumaria and Lindsey Stockford; 15. Respiratory emergencies Xolani Dereck Gondongwe; 16. Pulmonary embolism Rob Shulman; 17. Electrolyte and metabolic emergencies Ned Gilbert-Kawai; Section 4. Gastronintestinal; 18. Practical prescribing in general gastroenterology Angad Singh; 19. Constipation in the adult patient Angad Singh; 20. Nausea and vomiting Angad Singh; 21. Safe prescribing in liver disease Angad Singh; 22. Practical parental nutrition Laura Hyam and Angad Singh; Section 5. Central nervous system; 23. Analgesia Suparna Bali; 24. Patient controlled analgesia Suparna Bali; 25. Epidural analgesia Suparna Bali; 26. Fit for a fit: How to treat adults with seizures Lindsey Stockford and Sheetal Sumaria; 27. Pallative care prescribing Simon Noble; Section 6. Haemotology; 28. Warfarin prescribing Bridget Coleman; 29. Parenteral anticoagulation Rob Shulman; 30. Prescribing survival guide: Direct oral anticoagulants Rosalind Byrne and Alison Brown; Section 7. Surgery; 31. Practical prescribing in the surgical patient Mayur Murali; 32. Diabetes in surgery Jessal Mitual Palan; 33. Bowel preparation Mayur Murali; Section 8. Diabetes; 34. Treating diabetes Lloyd E. Kwanten and Miriam Conway; 35. Intravenous insulin infusions Lloyd E. Kwanten; Section 9. Calculations; 36. Calculations for the prescriber Gemma Wareing; 37. Therapeutic drug monitoring Nishma Gadher; Section 10. Interactions, hypersensitivity and contraindications; 38. Drug hypersensitivities and contraindications Roman Landowski; 39. Interactions that matter Roman Landowski; Section 11. Infections and other important topics; 40. Infections Peter Wilson; 41. Deprescribing Kat Le Bosquet; 42. Electronic prescribing Samrina Bhatti; 43. Corticosteriods Rob Shulman; 44. Intravenous therapy Rob Shulman; Index.
Hugh Montgomery is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London, UK, and a practising clinician. He is on the Council of the UK Intensive Care Society and has published over 400 scientific papers. Rob Shulman is an experienced clinical pharmacist specialising in critical care at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. He is joint author of Handbook of Drugs in Intensive Care (Cambridge, 2019). Mayur Murali is an anaesthetic trainee and an alumnus of the National Medical Director's Clinical Fellowship at NHS England, London, UK. He has completed a Masters in Medical Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Reviews for Surviving Prescribing: A Practical Guide
'Wow. This is a phenomenal piece of work. Excellent for medical students, specialty trainees and anyone prescribing outside specialty. It acknowledges both the complexity and risks of prescribing and provides a framework that spans pre-clinical pharmacology and prescribing at the bedside. I wish this book had been written 20 years ago. It's chatty and readable and will be an invaluable resource to students and doctors alike.' Dr Chris van Tulleken, Honorary Associate Professor, UCL, London 'A valuable source of information and reference and a 'must read' text to support education and learning for prescribers in all health sectors.' Ian Bates, Professor of Pharmacy Education, UCL School of Pharmacy, London 'Surviving prescribing is a must have for new prescribers. An easy-to-use, practical guide to prescribing, it is full of useful tips and easy-to-remember acronyms, in a concise readable format. It will help the reader develop their knowledge of key therapeutic topics, calculation methods, serious drug interactions and electronic prescribing. The comprehensive content is primarily written for hospital-based prescribers though practitioners in care homes, general practice, domiciliary and other primary care settings will find much of the content useful too.' Nina L. Barnett, Consultant Pharmacist, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust and NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service, and Visiting Professor, Kingston University, London