Dosage Calculations| Within the next several weeks, the hospital’s Emergency Department should receive a new scale. It’s not just any scale; it will be used to weigh stroke and other patients who need potentially lifesaving but also risky blood-thinning medications.
It’s a much-needed solution. A patient’s weight, after all, determines the precise dose a stroke or heart patient needs for life-saving clot-buster drugs. But, pressed to shave seconds off their responses to these patients, emergency room clinicians everywhere have long estimated the patient’s weight, and based their dosage calculations and orders on it.
A small UCH study, however, found 77 percent of the estimates are incorrect, so the wisdom of purchasing a scale to ensure a true reading seems indisputable.