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The Midwife's Pocket Formulary


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Abbreviations and Glossary of terms Introduction 1. Antacids 1 2. Anaesthesia 3. Analgesics 4. Antibiotics 5. Anticoagulants 6. Anticonvulsants 7. Antidepressants and other mental health conditions 8. Antiemetics 9. Antihypertensives 10. Antiseptics 11. Contraceptives 12. Antihistamines 13. Hypoglycaemics 14. Intravenous fluids 15. Immunoglobulins 16. Oxytocics 17. Prostaglandins 18. Myometrial relaxants 19. Rectal preparations 20. Vaccines 21. Vitamins and iron preparations 22. Anxiolytics and hypnotics 23. Antifungals 24. Miscellaneous 25. Emergency drugs Drug Calculations Index




I am a student midwife and whilst on placement am constantly hearing names of drugs and often don't have the opportunity for them to be fully explined to me, and the BNF can be confusing so i wanted something I could take on placement with me and look things up in. This is perfect, small and set out in sections of different drug types, including usage, dosage, routes of admin, contraindications, side effects, effects on fetus and breastfeeding. Its easy to understand and each drug is easy to find, theres enough information to aid understanding but it doesnt go too in depth and confuse! Definitely recommend this book, I use it all the time and would be lost without it! (Amazon)


This book easy to understand and well organised in its layout, contraindications and side effects of drugs are displayed clearly in sections on the same page. It's not too bulky to carry around if your wanting to take it to work with you. I am in my final year of training as a midwife and find it easier to use than the BNF which can be sometimes difficult to find what you want quickly. I recommend this book to be in any student, or qualified midwifes top 5 buys


This is an invaluable resource for any midwife or student midwife to carry around to dip in to when needed. This book assumes a certain degree of knowledge about anatomy and physiology, pregnancy, and the metabolism of drugs but all medical abreviations used are laid out in a glossary of terms at the beginning. Drugs are grouped by type and each drug is explored in a very well laid out and logical way detailing both generic and trade names, preparations, doses, contraindications, side effects, interactions as well as an excellent midwifery-centred fetal risk and breastfeeding section for each drug. Finally, a short and simple reminder of drug calculations as a final chapter makes this a work bag essential.

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