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Pharmacotherapy and Dose Calculations

Structure Type: A part of a study unit
Code: SHA0203B
Type: Compulsory / Professional Studies
Curriculum: S-SH 2008H
Level: Bachelor of Health Care
Year of Study: 1 (2008-2009)
Credits: 2 cr
Responsible Teacher: Autio, Päivi
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Courses During the Academic Year 2008-2009

Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageEnrolment
18S-SH-1A2008-08-25 – 2009-01-30Pirkko ParkkonenFinnish2008-08-15 – 2008-09-07
19S-SH-1B2008-10-27 – 2009-03-07Pirkko ParkkonenFinnish2008-10-06 – 2008-11-02
20S-TH-1A2008-10-27 – 2009-03-07Pirkko ParkkonenFinnish2008-10-06 – 2008-11-02
21S-SH-1CK2009-01-05 – 2009-05-02Ritva LehtonenFinnish2008-12-08 – 2009-01-30

Learning Outcomes

The student knows the Finnish Pharmacotherapy legislation. The student knows the ways to give drugs to patients as enteral-, parenteral and other ways. The student understands the ethical and legal responsibility in giving drugs to patients. The student can calculate the doses also without calculator.

Student's Workload

Total work load of the course: 54 h
- of which scheduled studies: 27 h
- of which autonomous studies: 27 h


Applications of calculating the drugdoses for patients. Giving drugs enteral (oral), injections and in infusionform. Guiding the patient in taking drugs right and observing the effects. Cooperating with doctors and patients. Order and store the drugs at the ward. Documenting pharmacoterapy. To use aseptics in managing with drugs.

Recommended or Required Reading and Other Learning Resources/Tools

- Moodle web material and exercises
- Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö 2005. Turvallinen lääkehoito - valtakunnallinen opas .
- Nurminen M-L. 2006. Lääkehoito. 7:s uudistettu painos. WSOY.
- Ernvall S., Pulli A., Salonen A-M., Nurminen M-L., Kaukkila H-S. 2005. Lääkelaskenta. 5.uudistettu painos. WSOY.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Lectures, exercises. Moodle web-studies. Independent studies.

Assessment Methods

Exam in theoretical part and mathematical and calculations. No false calculations allowed in dose calculation. Numeric scale.