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Fluid calculator revamp

Hi dear colleagues,
Right now, we are looking for a way to optimize our built-in calculators, and we'd love to hear what you think about them. Is there anything that you would like to change about the current fluid calculator? 
When giving feedback on this topic, keep in mind factors such as user-friendliness, design, general usefulness, current pain points, etc. 
We are constantly making improvements to our software and appreciate any feedback you can give to us!
Smart Flow Team
  • Ben Nitschke
  • Mar 15 2018
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  • Geoffrey Truchetti commented
    March 16, 2018 15:17

    Dear all, you could add the different ways to calculate the hourly rate. Some people prefer formula to a fix rate. If those formulas were included as a mean to calculate the hourly rate, this would be a great feature.

  • Guest commented
    March 16, 2018 15:51

    I agree with Geoffrey's comment. It would be great if you could offer an option for calculating based on ml/kg/hr for example rather than x*maintenance.

  • Guest commented
    April 03, 2018 22:28

    I would like for the hourly fluid rate to display to the 0.01ml to facilitate CRI fluid rates on tiny animals.

    I would also like Smart Flow created parameters/Headings for Total Volume Infused (or similar) which would have an hourly fluid rate default to zero, since they are used to show an amount infused, not an hourly fluid rate. 

  • Ben Nitschke commented
    April 04, 2018 03:16

    It would be fantastic if clinics had the ability to set their own maintenance fluid formula/calculations via their Smart Flow settings. In addition to this if we were able to set different formulas/rates for different species this would be AMAZING! 


    Similarly if clinics could set their own sx rates I think they would like this. Overall more customisation to keep everyone happy :)

  • Guest commented
    April 04, 2018 13:20

    Having the total volume administered would be a very helpful tool! Also to have the clinics' be able to set their own fluid rates through the desktop SF.

  • Michelle Grimes commented
    November 01, 2018 18:33

    Agreed that having the ability to add a "Total Volume infused" line to our fluids area that doesn't  auto populate with a number / ml's per hour - would be preferred.  

  • Laurie Frasher commented
    03 Jan 09:43

    The fluid calculator should absolutely have the ability to be set by the clinic or to not have a calculator at all.  The default setting is not what we use to calculate maintenance fluids and it defaults back to the inappropriate rate every time the weight is changed which has caused multiple patients to have inappropriate fluid rates.  The default is inappropriate for puppies and inaccurate for cats.  Not only is this dangerous for patient care, it actually causes more work because we have to constantly check to make sure it has not changed accidentally.


    Also the volume infused should not have a rate setting as this tends to cause more confusion.

  • Guest commented
    08 Feb 01:45

    Definitely give clinics the ability to set fluid rates on their own. Our specialists would like to calculate based on mls/kg/hr rather than using a maintenance rate as many of our cases require it. We also want our team to calculate the rates rather than rely on a maintenance rate that may not be appropriate for the patient.

  • Tina Brunnet commented
    22 Feb 16:46

    I agree that the Maint. rate pre-calculation that is set should be removed.  As it is not flexible to allow for different species (cat vs dog for example), this can lead to a patient over volume.  Also using the Fluid area for colloids and blood products is common, once again the preset can lead to the wrong amount being given and this can be disastrous to the patient.  I have done a potential mock up.  Where the fluid Calculator would be in the hands of the DVM.  Acting as the medication area does - in that a Fluid Rate Calculation area in (mls/kg/hr) would be filled in by the clinician.  At which point the Dehydration/Fluid Deficit/Restore would all function from the that equation.  The hourly rate would come from the main Fluid rate calculation OR the hourly rate would be from the Fluid deficit calculator if filled in.   


    If no numeric value is placed in the Fluid Rate Calculation - just as with the medications the parameter used then would have no default numeric value placed on the treatment flowsheet.  This would address being able to use TVI (Total Volume Infused) and VI (Volume Infused) easily without having to reset the hourly rate manually to 0.