Book Review

King Guide to Parenteral Admixtures 2000 (Four-volume set)

Patrick N. Catania, PhD, ed.
King Guide Publications, Inc.

This extremely well-referenced, four-volume, loose-leaf set is updated quarterly and contains more than 1400 pages. For more than 30 years, the King Guide has provided information on the stability and compatibility of parenteral medications and their combinations. It is a collection of up-to-date monographs of more than 400 parenterally administered medications available in the United States and abroad. Each monograph contains information about a drug and its compatibility with infusion fluids, stability, and storage, as well as instructions for preparation. The compatibility characteristics of direct admixtures (when available) are arranged in tabular format for each of the following: syringes, Y-site, intravenous infusion, subcutaneous infusion, or piggyback administration. Although this reference contains 25% more monographs than the 11th edition of Trissel’s Handbook on Injectable Drugs and is updated more frequently, it not as complete or comprehensive with respect to determining pH, osmolality, sodium content, etc. The King Guide to Parenteral Admixtures 2000 is not the easiest reference to use, it is more expensive than some comparable references, and the four-volume set requires quite a bit of space. However, this reference is available on CD-ROM and on the Internet, which conserves the space needed to house the collection and facilitates computer access to data and the ease of updating information. This reference is an excellent addition to a sterile compounding reference library.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Jul/Aug 2001