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Paramedic: Calculations for Medication Administration



© 2009


| 224 pages



“I love math!” “I hate math!” Whether you’re a math aficionado or someone who cringes at calculations, Paramedic: Calculations for Medication Administration will make you a master of paramedic math.

Paramedic: Calculations for Medication Administration teaches the basic principles of mathematics and applies these principles to cases that paramedics face on the job. Chapters cover math rules and principles; fractions, decimals, and percentages; ratios, proportions, and conversion factors; and rate-dependent and weight-based calculations.

Practice problems are scattered throughout the chapters; students practice as they go. Every chapter highlights how paramedics can make use of the math knowledge that they already have in order to solve more complicated problems. Chapters begin with the simple and obvious, and progress to the level used in the field.

Practice makes perfect—this text has over 700 practice problems! In addition to the in-chapter practice, chapters conclude with more problems. Complete answers to every problem, including explanations, are provided in the answer key. Every step is included, making it easy to follow how an answer was reached.


Part of the AAOS Paramedic Series; covers all the DOT objectives related to calculations for medication administration and can be used in prerequisite or co-requisite paramedic math courses.

Table of Contents

Chapter_1 The Language of Math: Fractions, Percentages, and Decimals
Chapter_2 Back to the Basics: Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, and Dividing
Chapter_3 Using the Number 1 With Fractions
Chapter_4 Fun With Fractions
Chapter_5 Ratios and Proportions: Finding the Missing Piece
Chapter_6 Rate-Dependent Calculations
Chapter_7 Weight-Based Calculations
Chapter_8 Practice Problems

Appendix_A: Conversion Factors, Abbreviations, and Useful Formulas
Appendix_B: Collected Hints and Notes
Appendix_C: Answer Key


About the Author

With more than 38,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (aaos.org or orthoinfo.org), is the premier not-for-profit organization that provides education programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions the interests of patients, and advances the highest quality of musculoskeletal health. Orthopaedic surgeons and the Academy are the authoritative sources of information for patients and the general public on musculoskeletal conditions, treatments, and related issues. More than one in four Americans have a bone or joint health problems, making them the greatest cause of lost workdays in the U.S. When orthopaedic surgeons restore mobility and reduce pain, they help people get back to work and to independent, productive lives. Orthopaedic surgeons keep this “Nation in Motion.” To learn more about the A Nation in Motion campaign, or to read hundreds of patient stories, or to submit your own story, visit ANationInMotion.org.

  • Mithriel Salmon, BS, MT, NREMT-P
  • David S. Pomerantz, NREMT-B, NREMT-P


Additional information

Weight1.25 lbs
Dimensions8.4 × 0.6 × 10.7 in