Clinical Calculations Made Easy: Solving Problems Using Dimensional Analysis, 3rd Edition

Case Study 5. Sickle Cell Anemia

A patient is admitted to the hospital in sickle cell crisis. The orders from the physician include:

·     Bed rest with joint support

·     O2 at 2 L/min per nasal cannula

·     Complete blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, serum iron levels, and chest x-ray

·     IV D5W/½ NS at 150 cc/hr

·     Zofran 8 mg IV q8h

·     Morphine sulfate 5 mg IV prn

·     Hydrea 10 mg/kg/day PO

·     Folic acid 0.5 mg daily PO

·     Encourage 3000 cc/daily PO

Identify the orders that require calculations.

Set up and solve each problem using dimensional analysis.


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