We have successfully implemented a microcomputer system in our intensive care unit to perform many routine calculations. A software package offers a variety of programs, including hemodynamic calculations, blood gas analysis, and calculation of infusion rates of potent intravenous drugs. All programs are written in a highly interactive fashion, similar to that of an automatic bank teller machine, so that no training is necessary. Low initial cost, reliability, and a reduction in medication errors make this an attractive addition to the intensive care environment.
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