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Title Computer-assisted compounding of neonatal/pediatric parenteral nutrition solutions
Author(s) Cote D, Thickson N, Oruck J.
Source Can J Hosp Pharm., Vol. 44, No. 5, Pages 229-233
Publication Date Oct. 1991
Abstract A computer software package was developed to perform the calculations involved in compounding neonatal/pediatric parenteral nutrition (PN) solutions. A 16-bit micro-computer was used to develop and evaluate the software. The program requires a minimum of user input and is menu-driven. It performs the calculations, prints appropriate labels, a preparation card and a summary of the nutritional content of the solution. Error check routines and a check for calcium-phosphate compatibility are imbedded in the program. The effect of the package on PN compounding was evaluated using a computer model. The evaluation indicated the computer-assisted system was more efficient than a manual system and the possibility of computational error was reduced. The increase in efficiency with the computer-assisted system was between 12-15% compared to a manual system. Computer modeling appeared to be a useful tool in both evaluating the software package and determining the effect it would have on work flow.


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