i have been trying to get some iv calcs done, as i realised i hadn't done them for ages and i am going to do a few ward shifts in the near future. apart from them being nonsensical, as calcs often are; i.....cannot......do.....them!!! i have been in ccu & icu etc for too many years and have had the luxury of technology doing my drip rates for me.
i am embarrassed to admit this, but i have to so that i can ask for help. plus: menopause and it's various exciting experiences has given my a brain that is soft on the outer and hard in the centre...:smackingf
would someone please be able to give me a hand? i'll put them in and see what happens....
- calc completion time for iv dex 5% 5ooml if running at 28 drops per min and drop factor 20. iv commenced at 0900. i got 5 hrs 57 min as in 1457. am i right? :uhoh21:
- calc remaining fluid in 1000ml n/s that has been running at 41dpm with df of 20. all i get is dizzy when i think of this one.
- amox to be infused @ 100mg/hr via a set calibrated to 60drops per ml. inf is 500mg in 500ml. what flow rate is required? i started off on a fast roll with this one and then slowed to a dribble. now i cant even look the question straight in the eye.
then these conversions:
- 567mcg = ?mg: .567mg??
- 12.6mg = 0.0126g??
- 1.56g = 1560mg??
i realise i look really really daft asking for help on these, but i have gotten into a panic over how stupid i had become and then i lost my confidence. please be kind - i definantly do not need anyone telling me i am a stupid, or an embarrassment to the profession. i have just gotten my mathematical brain into a knot and i need some help to untie it.
cheers to you all.
Apr 24, '07
Quote from sicu queen
that whole scenario sounds completely disgusting... truly.
as to your "embarrassment" over the drugs calcs, hush!! there is no shame in asking questions. what would have been shameful would be if you'd gone to work and not known how to calculate anything. you get kudos from me for working on your weak spots in an effort to provide the best care.
good luck, and keep us posted on how things are going!
i am pleased to hear you say that as i was beginning to believe i was the one in the wrong. i felt like alice in wonderland with the looking glass backwards.
i am feeling happy now that i don't have that daily intimidation.
thankyou for the new perspective re the long time away from these calcs. i can feel proud of my weakness. it shows i have strength because i can admit to being dumb and dangerous!!!!
Last edit by kaeri on Apr 24, '07
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