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ICU Calculations and Formulas

ICU Calculations and Formulas is a topic covered in the Pocket ICU Management.

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First Things First (assess & treat for the following)

  • All mathematical calculations are adjuncts to clinical decision-making.
  • Never substitute arithmetic for clinical judgment!
  • If you did not personally collect the data on which you are basing these calculations, then be sure it was accurately obtained.
    • Garbage in, garbage out, period!
  • If the “numbers” suddenly change & they do not fit the clinical picture, then you should personally corroborate their accuracy BEFORE you base any therapies on these values.
  • If you subject a pt to the risk of inserting a PA catheter, then you should personally look at the waveform tracings from the first set of “numbers” & be sure that you agree w/ the submitted values.
  • If these data are to be of value, then you must interpret them in the context of dynamic pt care & you must understand the underlying physiologic principles.
    • There is no one fixed hemodynamic value that remains the best value for that pt over an extended period of time.

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Last updated: April 21, 2010

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"ICU Calculations and Formulas." Pocket ICU Management, PocketMedicine.com, Inc, 2010. Anesthesia Central, anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534249/all/ICU_Calculations_and_Formulas.
ICU Calculations and Formulas. Pocket ICU Management. PocketMedicine.com, Inc; 2010. https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534249/all/ICU_Calculations_and_Formulas. Accessed March 24, 2019.
ICU Calculations and Formulas. (2010). In Pocket ICU Management. Available from https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534249/all/ICU_Calculations_and_Formulas
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