Downloadable excel calculators are available in a zip file. These include numerous analgesic drugs (opioids, ketamine, and lidocaine), emergency drug, and blood pressure support drugs. These can be put on your clinic desktop and I know they will get plenty of use!
The excel calculators have undergone thorough independent checking. Once downloaded, you can choose the drug you wish to use, the way you are going to set it up (IV fluid bag or syringe pump), insert the patient’s name, body weight, the rate you want, and it calculates the amount of drug you need to add, dilution factors, and administration rates, along with suggested loading doses. This can be printed off and kept with the patient during the procedure then stored in the record. It also helps you calculate the controlled drugs that have been used for documentation. The image below shows how easy it is to set up a ketamine CRI for a dog, using a 1-liter fluid bag.
If I could give a kudos award for making my life easier when it comes to setting up infusions, it would go to Dr. Bob Stein!