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# Clinical Calculations

## Justin Cornewell, PharmD

● Pharmacy technician at Parkview Health from (2007-2016)
● Clinical-Staff Pharmacist at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital (2016-present)
● PRN Floating Pharmacist at CVS Health (2016-present)
Purpose
● Provide a foundation to help facilitate discussion on rotations
● Understand why calculations are important
● Establish “red flags”
● Recognize YOUR strengths and weaknesses
Process

Evaluate 04 01 Who

Calculation

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How What
Objectives
1. Using a hospital protocol, accurately calculate the following:
a. Vancomycin dosing
b. Aminoglycoside dosing
2. Using a hospital protocol, optimize a patient’s medication based on renal function
3. Using a hospital protocol, initiate a TPN and make adjustments based on labs
4. Calculate a patient’s corrected calcium
5. Convert a patient opioid regimen to an alternative equivalent
6. Using a hospital protocol, calculate the rate in mL/hr of 3% sodium chloride to correct a patient’s
sodium level.
7. Calculate a patient’s body surface area
8. Calculate a patient’s etoposide dose
9. Calculate a carboplatin dose using the Calvert Equation
Materials Posted on Canvas
● Clinical Calculations presentation
● Clinical Calculations worksheet
● Formula sheet 1 and 2
● Pharmacokinetic Protocol
● Adult Medication Dosing Optimization Protocol
● Total Parenteral Nutrition Order Set
● Sodium Chloride 3%-BMH
● Small Cell Lung Cancer Carboplatin/Etoposide
● NCCN Carboplatin Dosing Guide
Format
● Workshop
○ Work independently on calculations
○ Check calculations with neighbors
● Plan 5-10 min per calculation
● Review each calculation as a group
Vancomycin Dosing
***Refer to: Pharmacokinetic Protocol***
Objective 1a
Body Mass Index (BMI)
● Formula
○ BMI= weight (kg)/[height (m)]2
○ BMI= weight (pounds)/ ([height (inches)]2 x 703)
BMI Weight Status

## 18.5-24.9 Normal or healthy weight

25-29.9 Overweight

## 30 and above Obese

Dosing Weight
● Ideal body weight (IBW)
○ Female: 45.5 kg + (2.3 x height over 5 feet in inches)
○ Male: 50 kg + (2.3 x height over 5 feet in inches)
○ IBW+0.4 (Actual body weight-IBW)
Renal Function
● AKI vs CKD
● SCr
● Urine output
● Nephrotoxic medications
AKI vs CKD
● AKI
○ Increase in SCr ≥0.3 mg/dL within 48 hours
○ Increase in SCr 1.5x baseline within past 7 days
○ Urine volume less than 0.5 mL/kg/hour for at least 6 hours
● CKD
○ Abnormal kidney function or structure for 3 months or greater
■ Persistent markers of kidney damage
■ GFR < 60 mL/min/1.73m2
Vancomycin Protocol
○ Critically ill patients
○ Suspected or confirmed deep seated infections
■ Meningitis
■ Osteomyelitis
■ Endocarditis
○ 20-25 mg/kg
○ Max dose 2000 mg
○ Actual body weight vs adjusted body weight
Vancomycin Protocol
● Maintenance dose
○ Age
○ Renal function
○ Dosing weight
● Monitoring
○ Drawn 30-60 min before dose
○ DO NOT draw within first 3 days
■ Unless suspected nephrotoxicity
○ Drawn after 3rd day or 4th dose (if Q24H)
Dose Optimization
Refer to: Adult Dosing Optimization Protocol
Objective 2
Dosing Optimization Protocol
● Creatinine clearance
● Indication
● Pharmacist may adjust dose per P and T policy
● Extended infusions
○ Aztreonam
○ Piperacillin/tazobactam
○ Meropenem
○ Cefepime
Worksheet GT
● Ideal body weight:

● Dosing weight:

● CrCl:

## ● Vancomycin dosing regimen:

● Piperacillin/tazobactam regimen:
Worksheet JC
● Ideal body weight:

● Dosing weight:

● CrCl:

## ● Vancomycin dosing regimen:

● Trough level:
Aminoglycoside Dosing
***Refer to: Pharmacokinetic Protocol***
Objective 1b
Aminoglycoside Dosing
● Conventional dosing
○ Dosing depends on indication
● Extended interval dosing
○ Gentamicin/tobramycin 7 mg/kg
○ Amikacin 15 mg/kg
○ Preferred method for suspected or confirmed gram negative infection
○ Nomogram
Worksheet JS
● BMI:

● Dosing Weight:

● Creatinine Clearance:

## ● Gentamicin dosing interval:

Opioid Calculations
Objective 3
Opioids
● Class Medications

## Morphine-like Morphine, codeine, hydrocodone,

(phenanthrenes) hydromorphone, oxycodone, oxymorphone

## Meperidine-like Meperidine, fentanyl

(phenylpiperidines)

(diphenylheptane)

Opioid Conversions
Medication IV/IM (mg) Oral (mg)

Morphine 10 30

Oxycodone - 20

Hydrocodone - 30

## Codeine 130 200

Fentanyl 0.1

Meperidine 75 300

Oxymorphone 1 10
Opioid Conversion Process
1. Calculate total 24 hour dose requirement
2. Use ratio-conversion to calculate dose of new drug
3. Calculate 24 hour dose of new drug
a. Reduce dose by at least 25%
4. Divide to attain appropriate interval and dose for new drug
5. Example:

30 mg of morphine PO x mg morphine PO

_____________________ = ____________________

## 1.5 mg IV hydromorphone 12 mg of IV hydromorphone

Opioid Conversion Example
Example:
A hospice patient has been receiving 12 mg of IV hydromorphone. Convert to
morphine ER. Hospital protocol states to reduce dose of new opioid by 50%.

30 mg of morphine PO x mg morphine PO

_____________________ = ____________________

## 1.5 mg IV hydromorphone 12 mg of IV hydromorphone

Worksheet AC
● 35 mg of hydromorphone IV is equivalent to ______ mg of morphine IV

## ● 35 mg of hydromorphone IV is equivalent to ______mcg of fentanyl IV

● What dosing regimen of fentanyl would you recommend to control the pain?
Worksheet AJ
● Morphine 24 mg IV is equivalent to _____ mg of morphine PO

## ● What treatment regimen would you recommend?

Parenteral Nutrition
***Refer to: Total Parenteral Nutrition Order Set***
Objectives 3 & 4
Parenteral Nutrition
● Calories
○ 25-30 kcal/kg/day
○ IF BMI > 30
■ 22-25 kcal/kg/day based on IBW
● Protein
○ 4 kcal/g
○ 0.8-2 kcal/kg/day
● Lipids
○ 20-30% of kcals
● Carbohydrates
○ 3.4 kcal/g
Parenteral Nutrition

## IVFE 10% 1.1 kcal/mL

IVFE 20 % 2 kcal/mL

## Amino acid solutions 4 kcal/g

Parenteral Nutrition (PN) Protocol
● Dietary and Pharmacy collaboratively write TPN’s at BMH
○ Dietician manages macronutrients
○ Pharmacy manages micronutrients
■ Can order electrolyte replacement
■ Can order labs
■ Orders the TPN
● All TPN orders must be received by 1600
Worksheet MC
● Corrected Calcium

● Calories from amino acids and how many mL assuming a 15% amino acid solution

● Calories from dextrose and how many mL assuming a 70% dextrose solution

● Calories from lipids and how many mL of lipids using a 10% formula

● Calculate the sum of calcium and phosphate (units must be normalized). HINT: 2

mEq/mmol of phosphate
Hyponatremia
Refer to: Sodium Chloride 3%-BMH
Objective 5
Sodium Chloride 3%-BMH
● Calculate the following
○ How many mEq of Na are in 500 mL of 3% NaCl?

## ○ Calculate the rate of 3% NaCl in mL/hr______________

Cancer Center Calculations
Refer to: Small Cell Lung Cancer
Carboplatin/Etoposide
Objectives: 6-9
Small Cell Lung Cancer Carboplatin/Etoposide
● Carboplatin
○ GFR estimated using Cockroft-Gault
■ MAX of 125 mL/min
■ If SCr is less than 0.7 mg/dL then round to 0.7 mg/dL
○ Calvert Formula
■ Carboplatin dose=AUC x (GFR +25)
○ NCCN carboplatin dosing guide
● Etoposide
○ Calculate BSA (Dubois-Dubois)
○ 100 mg/m2
JD-Carboplatin
● Carboplatin dose:

concentration):

## ● What size bag of NS to mix carboplatin in?

● Final Concentration:
JD-Etoposide
● Etoposide dose:

## ● What size bag of NS to mix etoposide in?

● Final Concentration:
Wrapping Up
● Personal stories
● Rotations
● Life after pharmacy school
○ Community Pharmacy
○ Industry
○ Inpatient Pharmacy
○ Residency
■ PGY-1
■ PGY-2