May 2 2006
Archived STEM Healthcare Interfaces Windows

Body Surface Area calculator bar

A pharmacological dosing tool

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Body Surface Area (BSA) has a variety of applications in health care, including the calculation of appropriate doses for certain drugs. This small program, designed for use in a hospital pharmacy setting, runs on Windows and calculates BSA estimates using a variety of formulas (Boyd, DuBois & DuBois, Gehan & George, Haycock, and Mosteller). It was recommended by ISOPP, the International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners, to its members.

Screenshot of the tool in use

Download

Current version—1.0 (September 2, 2003)

Installation

Because the downloaded file is a program, your browser may warn you before allowing you to download it. Once downloaded, open the file to start the installer and follow the instructions. The installer is unsigned, so some versions of Windows may warn you before running it or even refuse to run it without changing your system settings.

Use

When running, a small bar will a distinctive lilac background will appear in the upper right corner of the screen. Filling in a height (in cm) and weight (in kg) will open the result area, where the calculated BSA (in m2) is listed using several formulas. The calculated values will update in realtime as you change the height and weight are changed, and can be hidden again by clicking Hide Result Area.

Disclaimer

Although care has been taken to ensure the reliability and correctness of this software, the author has made it available free of charge and with no warranty whatsoever. You rely on the results of this software at your own risk. I recommend ensuring that your use of this software falls within the guidelines of any appropriate policies at your institution.