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November 12, 1982

Critical Care Computing

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesia (Dr Grenvik), and the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Medicine (Drs Cottrell, Pennock, and Rogers), University of Pittsburgh; and the Oakland Veterans Administration Hospital, Pittsburgh (Drs Cottrell and Rogers).

JAMA. 1982;248(18):2289-2291. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330180049031

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.

(JAMA 1982;248:2289-2291)