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October 28, 1983

Pocket Computers in Critical Care

Author Affiliations

Baptist Hospital Pensacola, Fla

JAMA. 1983;250(16):2109. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340160013007

To the Editor.—  Dr Cottrell and colleagues described a microcomputer for clinical application in intensive care units (1982;248:2289). Pocket computers might be more practical for hospitals that do not have resources to buy costly systems. They have been used to calculate derived cardiovascular and pulmonary variables for critically ill trauma patients (J. S. Britten, MD, unpublished observation, 1982). Programs may be designed by physicians from formulas in the critical care literature.1