Nova Scotia Provincial Blood Coordinating Program

IVIG Dose Calculator


NSPBCP Mobile application is now available for your smart phones

The IVIG mobile application includes: the IVIG Adjusted Body Weight dose calculator, Adult, Pediatric and FAIT guidelines.Use the NSPBCP Moblie App

This app is compatible with all smart phone devices (Blackberry, IPhone, Androids). Simply insert

into your mobile browser and save on your device for easy access. for instruction on how to create a shortcut/button on your device please click on the links below :

- Instructions for Android OS 4.0
- Instructions for iPhone iOS 5.x
- Instructions for Blackberry OS 7

The mobile application for IVIG is easy to use and ideal for physicians who want a quick reference to the IVIG dose calculator based on Adjusted Body Weight and Nova Scotia's Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG) Guidelines for the most common adult and pediatric indications. The intention of the application is to ease the ordering process and improve compliance with guidelines.


NSPBCP - IVIG dose calculator[1] based on dosing body weight

Height: ( ____ in )
Weight: ( ____ lbs )
Dosing Weight [3]
(for obese or overweight patients)
= ____ kg
Dosing:  g/kg  
 using Dosing Weight [3]
  IVIG Dose =  ____  g
  IVIG Dose rounded down to nearest 5g
Rounded Dose =  ____ g
(This is the dose to be ordered)  

IVIG-SCIG Guidelines

Adult IVIG Guidelines Adult IVIG Guidelines.pdf
Atlantic Guidelines for the Use of IVIG SCIG in PID IVIG SCIG in PID Guidelines.pdf
Guidelines for the use of IVIG in Solid Organ Transplant IVIG in Solid Organ Transplant Guidelines.pdf
Pediatric IVIG Guidelines Pediatric IVIG Guidelines.pdf

[1]  NSPBCP gratefully acknowledges the Pharmacy Department of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for the use of their template for the Adjusted Body Weight Calculator. The NSPBCP made the following modifications:

  • There is no upper limit of actual weight for the dose calculations
  • Dosage increments of 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3gm/kg in addition to 0.4 and 1gm/kg
[2] Ideal Body Weight (IBW), Devine Formula is:
         Ideal Body Weight (male) = 50.0 kg + 2.3 kg (each inch > 5 feet)
       Ideal Body Weight (female) = 45.5 kg + 2.3 kg (each inch > 5 feet)

Reference: Pai MP, Paloucek FP. The origin of the "ideal" body weight equations. Ann Pharmacother.2000 Sep;34(9):1066-9.

[3] Dosing Weight is an adjusted body weight (of obese or overweight patients) and should only be used to calculate the dose of drugs for which there are recommendations specifying that the actual body weight should be adjusted for use in the dose calculations. 
  • Dosing Weight = IBW + [0.4 x (Actual - IBW)]
  • exception:  if Actual < IBW,  then Dosing Weight = Actual
  • (Actual = actual body weight)

    Reference: Brian L. Erstad. Dosing of medications in morbidly obese patients in the intensive care unit setting. Intensive Care Med (2004) 30:18–32