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Calculating intravenous (IV) infusion rates for critical care drugs can be a time-consuming and error-prone task. A microcomputer program was developed to: generate IV infusion rate charts that are both patient and drug-specific; provide the user with on-line drug information necessary to correctly prepare and administer the drug; and allow the user to(More)
  • M A Oszko
  • Topics in hospital pharmacy management
  • 1989
Advances in microcomputer technology and the proliferation of applications software give hospital pharmacists the opportunity to manage their departments and provide services at higher levels of efficiency and sophistication than ever before. In a survey of clinical services in hospital pharmacies in the South Atlantic states, Perri, et al. note that(More)
The psychological assessment and management of the critically ill patient is often overlooked as a part of the patient care plan. The intensive care unit (ICU) syndrome is a type of organic brain syndrome manifested by a variety of psychological reactions, including fear, anxiety, depression, hallucinations, and delirium. Causes, treatment modalities, and a(More)
Thirty-six patients who received heparin infusions were prospectively monitored to determine costs involved in preparation and administration of heparin solutions and to determine the most cost-effective heparin concentration. Thirty-five courses of therapy were evaluated. All patients were treated with intravenous (IV) heparin in variable concentrations to(More)
  • M A Oszko
  • Drug intelligence & clinical pharmacy
  • 1988
Chronic or recurrent pleural effusions are a consequence of a variety of disease states and may produce significant pain or discomfort in a patient. Both surgical and pharmacological attempts to control pleural effusions have been tried, with moderate success. This article reviews the pathophysiology of pleural effusion and the role of intrapleural(More)
Personnel time and costs associated with computer-assisted instruction (CAI) and traditional "one-on-one" instruction in basic computer drug-order entry procedures were compared. Both programs consisted of an introduction to the training session, familiarization of users with the computer hardware and keyboard, and step-by-step instructions in unit dose and(More)
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