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

Case Study 19. Cerebral Palsy

A 13-year-old child (weight 38 kg) with cerebral palsy being cared for in a children's facility is admitted to the hospital for seizure evaluation. The orders from the physician include:

·     Complete blood count, chemistry panel, urinalysis, dilantin levels, EEG, and CT scan

·     Vitals q4h

·     Seizure precautions

·     Lactulose 3 g PO tid

·     Valproic acid (Depakote) 30 mg/kg/day PO in three divided doses

·     Diazepam (Valium) 2.5 mg PO daily

·     Chlorothiazide (Thiazide) 250 mg PO daily

·     Phenytoin (Dilantin) 5 mg/kg/day PO in three divided doses

Identify the orders that require calculations.

Set up and solve each problem using dimensional analysis.


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