Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations: A Guide for Effective Dosing



ISBN: 978-1-58528-198-5
2009
Softcover
208 pages

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What happens when a patient’s opioid dosage is wrong? This comprehensive yet practical guidebook is a must-read for health professionals involved in pain management, hospice, and palliative care. Written in a conversational tone with a splash of humor, the book covers key areas of opioid conversions unlike any other book. The textbook includes easy-to-follow case studies, charts, tables and real-world practice examples to give clinicians the principles they need to conduct opioid conversion calculations with confidence.

The book includes a five-step process that teaches clinicians the proper methods for doing common conversions, and case-based practice problems to strengthen understanding. One invaluable tool is the step-by-step examples for the very challenging methadone, fentanyl, PCA, and neuraxial opioid therapy conversions, which help practitioners ensure they are calculating appropriate dosages – dosages that could improve or save lives.

Contents include:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Opioid Conversion Calculations
  • Chapter 2: Converting Among Routes and Formulations of the Same Opioid
  • Chapter 3: Converting Among Routes and Formulations of Different Opioids
  • Chapter 4: Titrating Opioid Regimens: Around the Clock and to the Rescue!
  • Chapter 5: Transdermal and Parenteral Fentanyl Dosage Calculations and Conversions
  • Chapter 6: Methadone: A Complex and Challenging Analgesic, But It’s Worth It!
  • Chapter 7: Patient-Controlled Analgesia and Neuraxial Opioid Therapy
  • Chapter 8: Calculating Doses from Oral Solutions and Suspensions
Mary Lynn McPherson, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE
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