Critical Care Pocket Guide & Calculator
- 0Jan 16, '01 by pkr99Hi,
I have been working in PACU for the last 7 years and am returning to an open heart intensive care unit in a few weeks. I remember seeing a nifty little gadget about the size of a calculator and it did include calculator features with it. It was a critical care pocket guide that listed things like common drips used - how they're mixed - major algorithims - cardiac calculations and just a host of great info all contained in a pocket sized gizmo that looked and functioned as a calculator. Just can't remember who makes it and where I can get it. Anybody know? Thanks.
- 0Jan 18, '01 by deniseSHi...I recently started to work in the Er. I was searching for the same item as you. I did find one item online that you may want to inquire about. The item is called the Apothecalc Calculator. Go to web site....(www.eLittmann.com) or go to (www.estethoscope.com)......maybe this item may be of some help......
- 0Jan 20, '01 by justanurseI got a palm handheld for christmas. It's very nice, the one I got has 8M of memory and cost $250. You can get a handheld computer for ~$600, that has 32M memory, even. I've downloaded a lot of info onto it for free from different websites (2 drug books, a ABG decoder, drip doser, Pediatric emergency dosage calculator, etc). There are lots of other info you can put on it for purchase. Pretty cool. If you're interested, I'll be glad to post the websites for the downloads.
- 1Jan 21, '01 by ratchitHi- I know the book you're talking about. It's really good!
I have something similar- it's roughly 4x6 inches, navy blue, called "Fast Facts" by Kathy White. The smaller one has laminated reference cards in it- this has paper pages but has hung in there well for me for 3 years. I like mine a bit better, but I work ICU, not ER. Fast FActs has sections for each body system plus drip calcs, fluid and lytes info, good detail on PA's and EVD's. I added the optional Trauma section. Doesn't have a calculator, though.
I think you can buy both at medical bookstores and at some nursing sites/catalogs; you can order Fast Facts at www.kathywhite.com.
- 0Feb 21, '01 by tabby224Originally posted by justanurse:
I got a palm handheld for christmas. It's very nice, the one I got has 8M of memory and cost $250. You can get a handheld computer for ~$600, that has 32M memory, even. I've downloaded a lot of info onto it for free from different websites (2 drug books, a ABG decoder, drip doser, Pediatric emergency dosage calculator, etc). There are lots of other info you can put on it for purchase. Pretty cool. If you're interested, I'll be glad to post the websites for the downloads.
- 0Feb 21, '01 by JWRNThe small book you refer to is the Critical Care Checkmate, comes with a calculator and color coded information like ACLS alog., Drip charts, Lab values, PALS info, etc. You can choose from many different types, Critical Care and Emergency Care are the two I remember seeing. The pocket checkmate is put out by NNCC. The website is www.nnccusa.com. I believe the cost is about $40. I really like mine, it has come in handy more than once, even had an MD looking at for info. Hope this helps... Good luck with your career change.. I too will be changeing roles (new critical care educator) at the hospital I work at, and am looking forward to it....Again good luck...
- 0Feb 21, '01 by justanurseHi, telemetryrn.
Here are the sites I have found helpful with my palm:
This one will probably have more options for you, since your software probably differs from mine. If you can find and download epocrates drug book, I highly recommend it. It is very up to date and I enjoy having the information right in my pocket without having to carry around a big book.
This one has a lot of programs. For many of them you have to download/buy a special reader. If you are careful and determine which types of files you can download, you can pick and choose what you want.
This one has many little stories, etc that can be downloaded for reading during your spare time on the job.
Good luck and I hope these help you out.
[This message has been edited by justanurse (edited February 21, 2001).]