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  1. 0 Hello,

    I am a nursing student working on a computer program for Nurses as part of a nursing informatics school project. I have
    created a program that calculates body surface area, basal energy expenditure, and temperature and metric conversions. I
    would like to add formulas for specific nursing disciplines (critical care, peds, etc.) But, I want to add calculations that are useful
    to nurses (rather than just pulling them out of textbooks). The program is currently for Windows but in the future I would like to
    re-write it for palm pilots. So... does anyone have suggestions for formulas that they routinely have to calculate in the real

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  3. Visit  nurseyperson profile page
    #1 0
    A few critical care things for you to consider...
    Calculations for IV medications, such as medications that are given per kilogram:
    mg/kg/m (milligram per kilogram per minute) and mg/m (milligram per minute)
    Medications such as Dopamine, dobutamine, NTG, etc.
    Also, Swan Ganz calculations.

    You would have to get the specific formulas out of a book, but these are a few of the main ones that are used in critical care.


  4. Visit  Sharon profile page
    #2 0
    This sounds neat and I want one.

    What I would like to have for Adults and Children in Occupational and Environmental Health are:

    Lung Function Testing compared to predicted based on height and weight ages 3 to 100+.
    i.e. Peak Flow, pre and post exercise, pre and post medication/treatment. With a charting capacity.

    PEL's (permissible exposure limit) rough calculations based on form (gas, dust, liquid), volume, space (cubic area dispensed/released). This requires the ability to convert the original form to another measure(liquid to gas, solid to dust, etc.) and to calculate area.
    I have worked two emergencies in the last year in which there was a significant delay in getting the correct measuring devices. OH, calculating dispersion rates based on wind speed and humidity!

    Thermal threat calculations. Cold and Hot.
    Glascow Coma Scale and Trauma Scale.