Andy is a clinical pharmacist at Mt. Carmel East Hospital in Columbus,
OH. Andy built IVRate Calc because he couldn't find any programs
that would calculate IV drip rates that didn't rely on some other
third party program to function.
The IV Rate Calculator is a program designed to calculate an intravenous
drip rate in ml/hr. It features a user editable database of drugs
to speed data entry. Or, you can choose not to use any of the drugs
in the database and just enter the drug concentration manually.
It requires no external math libraries or other programs.
This application will be of particular interest to Critical Care
Nurses who are frequently titrating drip rates.
I have entered varying concentrations and weights and it has provided
the correct drip rate each time. It is easy to use and comes with
Dobutamine and Nitroglycerin already loaded. You can easily add
other drugs. I added Dopamine, Norepinephrine and Nitroprusside.
It calculates drugs delivered in mcg/kg/min or mcg/min. It will
calculate weights in kg or lbs. When you add the drugs (say Dopamine)
you enter the concentration you usually use (400 mg/500 mls premixed)
in your unit. If you need to change the concentration (400 mg/250
mls for restricted fluid volume) you can do that when you select
the drug from the pull-down menu. Otherwise just enter the dose
you want plus the patient's weight and tap OK.
It's that elegant, and that simple.
Editor PDA cortex