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RU Grads Help Develop Medication Dosage Project

RADFORD – May graduates Brandon Shaver and Jason Welch created a project this past spring for Pulaski Hospital nurses to help them provide the correct dosage of medication for patients.

With their faculty mentor Dan Spillman’s guidance, their project paper “Development and Implementation of a Decision Support Tool to Assist Pharmacists to Determine Precise Dosing and Intervals of an Aminoglycoside (Antibiotic)” was selected for presentation and publication in the Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences Oct. 1 and 2 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The project, created for Spillman’s ITEC 485 class last spring, was a decision support application in conjunction with hospital pharmacists to create an Aminoglycoside dosing program that pharmacists and nurses can use in administering medications to treat aerobic bacterial infections.

“I think they have a rather unique project that is community outreach. I like to have students be creative and discover ways that they can give back,” says Spillman.

“The pharmacists wanted an application that was small, lightweight, portable, uncluttered and dead simple to use. We think we’ve done it,” Shaver said. Welch.

Sept. 8, 2009
Contact: Ann Brown (; 540-831-6277)

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