What to look for in pharmacokinetic software
This checklist appeared in an article by Neil Massoud, PharmD in the
January/February 1994 issue of "ComputerTalk for Pharmacists".
A good pharmacokinetic program should:
- Provide fail-safes, such as checks on age and weight, lab values, etc.
- Check against standard kinetics values and warn of +/- 2 standard
deviations from the norm.
- Have storage capability to view what you did the day before or when
the patient was in the ICU versus stabilized.
- Allow appropriate equation flexibility for all ages.
- Offer compatiblity with numerous printers.
- Be easy to learn and use.
- Be capable of doing steady-state as well as non-steady state.
- Perform Bayesian analysis.
- Change parameters according to renal- or liver function.
- Feel right, in your clinical judgement.
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