Review of MedCalc for PDAs
by Marty Couret MSN, NP

MedCalc is a medical calculator for PDAs with over 50 commonly used medical formulas and scores. This free program is available by itself or comes bundled with Tarascon pharmacopeia on Medscape.com. One of the most impressive functions is its ability to hold patient information after performing a calculation. This would be convenient to monitor a patientís progress with weight loss or BMI. MedCalc also allows the clinician to set units preferences, for example kg or lbs. Being a primary care provider, I would have appreciated pediatric height and weight percentages and the Gail model for calculating breast cancer risk. While useful for primary care providers, MedCalc would probably be most helpful for nurse practitioners practicing in an acute care setting.

Calculations Include:

  • Age Calculator
  • Absolute Neutrophil Count
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Creatinine Clearance
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate
  • Henderson-Hasselbalch
  • Ideal Body Weight
  • LDL Cholesterol
  • Predicted Peak Flow
  • Pregnancy Calculator

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