# I have 2 IV Pitocin Problems I need help with...

- 0Jun 16, '08 by MurgyFirst Calculation Problem: A patient is to receive 12 milliunits per minute of Pitocin. The directions for making up the fluid is to add 15 units of Pitocin to 1 liter of 5 % dextrose solution. Determine the rate of the IV in gtts/min and cc/hr using a drop factor of 40 gtts/ml.

Second calculation problem: A patient is to receive 10 milliunits per minute of Pitocin. The directions for making up the fluid is to add 8 units of Pitocin to 1 liter of 5% dextrose solution. Using a drop factor of 60gtts/ml, determine how long (in hours) would the 1 liter IV fluid last in continuous infusion? - 1Jun 16, '08 by northshore08:chuckle Uh,uh, sweetie. Do your own calculations.

Yes, you can do it. Try again.racing-mom4 likes this. - 0Jun 16, '08 by racing-mom4I hated math questions in school, I am so happy to be done with them. They always made them much harder in school than what they actually are in the real world.
- 0Jun 16, '08 by MurgyI've tried but was never taught to do this kind of IV calculation. I know all of the med calculations and the rest of the IV calculations. Pitocin calculations weren't taught in LPN nursing school. So if there's anybody out there with a heart, I'd appreciate a teaching lesson just for these 2 Pitocin questions. Thanks!
- 1Jun 16, '08 by registerednutrnok sorry I tried but I am not getting one of the conversion factors wrong and can not find my nursing school math book. If you can find it you might try a book called nursing math simplified math magic it really helped me.Murgy likes this.
- 0Jun 16, '08 by RNLaborNurse4UQuote from MurgyFirst Calculation Problem: A patient is to receive 12 milliunits per minute of Pitocin. The directions for making up the fluid is to add 15 units of Pitocin to 1 liter of 5 % dextrose solution. Determine the rate of the IV in gtts/min and cc/hr using a drop factor of 40 gtts/ml.

Second calculation problem: A patient is to receive 10 milliunits per minute of Pitocin. The directions for making up the fluid is to add 8 units of Pitocin to 1 liter of 5% dextrose solution. Using a drop factor of 60gtts/ml, determine how long (in hours) would the 1 liter IV fluid last in continuous infusion?

I can see problems with this in real practice: different admixtures. A big no-no! Safety issue! We do a standard 20 units pitocin in 1000 cc LR. That mixes to 1 mu/min equals 3 cc/hr on the pump.

Also - a pump is a MUST for running pitocin!! - 0Jun 16, '08 by MurgyQuote from RNLaborNurse4UThese are practice exam problems just to see if we could get the answer to the problem--not a real life IV problem. So are you saying there is no solution to either of these 2 IV problems?I can see problems with this in real practice: different admixtures. A big no-no! Safety issue! We do a standard 20 units pitocin in 1000 cc LR. That mixes to 1 mu/min equals 3 cc/hr on the pump.

Also - a pump is a MUST for running pitocin!! - 0Jun 16, '08 by Curious1alwysI think I have the answers but do you have the answers? I can help you but I have to know if what I have is right. I can show you how to get there. What r the final answers?
- 0Jun 16, '08 by Curious1alwysIf anyone else got the answers, will you PM me with them? I just spent 20 min trying to figure this out 1 yr out of nursing school and with no work experience so I'd really love the answers, lol... See how rusty I am....:chuckle
- 0Jun 17, '08 by Hands and HeartI'm still in nursing school and have spent the weekend working on math problems in preparation for my upcoming clinical math test so here's what I got (I can only do dimensional analysis; I have to see my units):

Question 1:

Calculate the concentration of the solution:

15 units added to 1000mL--

15 units X 1000= 15000 munits

15000 munits/1000 mL= 15 munits/mL

drops/min:

__12 munits__X__1mL__X__40 gtt__=__32 gtt__

min 15 munits mL min

ml/hr:

__32 gtt__X__1mL__X__60 min__=__48 ml__

min 40 gtt 1h h

Question 2:

Concentration of solution:

8 units X 1000= 8000munits

8000 munits/1000 mL= 8 munits/mL

mL/hr:

__10 munits__X__60 min__X__1 mL__= 75mL/hr

min 1 h 8 munits

hours solution will last:

1000mL X__1 hr__= 13.3h

75ml

I hope that is right.