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Title Use of the handheld programmable calculator in the preparation of TPN solutions
Author(s) Laura J. DiDonato, BA, BS
Source Hospital Pharmacy, Vol. 18, Pages 526-533
Publication Date October, 1983
Abstract A handheld programmable calculator was used to increase speed and decrease errors when calculating and labeling total parenteral nutrition formulations for pediatric [and neonatal] patients. A program was developed and tested and an evaluation of the calculator vs. the manual method was performced. The time required to calculation total parenteral nutrition formulations decreased 50% and errors decreased from 3% to 0%. Use of a handheld programmable calculator saves time and increases the accuracy of calculations and labels when preparing total parenteral nutrition formulations. The approximate total cost of the calculator, printer, and card reader is $1000. [A printout of the calculator program is included in the article.]

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