Need math for meds advice

Can anyone explain to me this math question? Okaya physician orders diazepam (Valium) 7.5 mg IV. Diazepam is supplied in a 10 mg (2ml) Bristojet container. How many milliliters should the nurse administer?
I have the formula: (Desired dose [D]x Quantity [Q]

Dose on Hand [H]
How do you figure the math out? I am really poor in math questions and would appreciate any tips. Thanks!Aileen:wink2: 

Aug 27, '06It supposed to say desired dose [D] x Quantity [Q]
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Dose on Hand
Sorry for the typo 
Aug 27, '06Just set it up using the formula: 7.5mg X 2mL
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10 mg
7.5 divided by 10 is 0.75.
Multiply 0.75 X 2 = 1.5 mL
Do you know how to use the formula? 
Aug 27, '06Well, you have the right formula to use, so all you have to do is plug in the data that is given in the problem. So you would have 7.5 ordered dose divided by the 10 you have on hand and then multiply the answer by 2 becuase the 10 is found in 2 mL's of the med. And you should get 1.5 mL. As long as you remember the formula, you should just have to plug in the given information and do the math. I'm not sure of any other helpful hints for you. Hope this helps.

Aug 27, '06Quote from leeniebeanie_2767I would use Dimensional AnalysisCan anyone explain to me this math question? Okaya physician orders diazepam (Valium) 7.5 mg IV. Diazepam is supplied in a 10 mg (2ml) Bristojet container. How many milliliters should the nurse administer?
I have the formula: (Desired dose [D]x Quantity [Q]

Dose on Hand [H]
How do you figure the math out? I am really poor in math questions and would appreciate any tips. Thanks!Aileen:wink2:
mL= 2mL X 7.5mg / 10mg = 1.5mL
it's very easy once you get the hang of it, always find what unit you want whether it be tabs, mL,mg etc. In this case it was mL. When you know what unit you want you write it, we wanted mL so we would put mL= then the numerator of the ratio we need next must match the unit of measure that you want, thats where the 2mL came in. Then the denominator would be the 10mg contained in the 2mL. The next ratio must have a mg numerator, so you see thats where the 10mg comes in. Can you see the pattern whatever the denominator of the ratio before it is the numerator that follows must match it. since the denominator in the first ratio is 10mg then the next ratio must have a numerator of mg and it did it was 7.5 mg. Then you multiply the numerators, then multiply the denominators(in this case we did not have to) and then divide the numerator answer by the denominator answer and there is the answer.
I am just now teaching this to myself so i explained the best way i know how, sorry if i confused you at all. What i did was went out aad bought a book that teaches me dosage calcualtion and been self studying and once you get the gist of it it becomes very easy to calculate the dosages. 
Aug 28, '06I would really watch doing it only by the d/hxq method because I found that to be inaccurate sometimes especially if you are doing 10 question tests and can't afford to miss one. Means and extremes has worked no fail for me once I got comfortable with it:
7.5 mg IV. Diazepam is supplied in a 10 mg (2ml)
7.5mg : X = 10mg : 2ml
7.5 X 2 = 15
15 divided by 10 = 1.5ml (give 1.5 ml)
As long as you are careful to have the mgs and mls in the same spot on each side of the equation it is very easy. I'm not sure how other programs work but in ours we had more students fail out because of dosage than anything else. Good luck, Jules 
Aug 28, '06Quote from Jules AWhat is the D/hxq method???I would really watch doing it only by the d/hxq method because I found that to be inaccurate sometimes especially if you are doing 10 question tests and can't afford to miss one. Means and extremes has worked no fail for me once I got comfortable with it:
7.5 mg IV. Diazepam is supplied in a 10 mg (2ml)
7.5mg : X = 10mg : 2ml
7.5 X 2 = 15
15 divided by 10 = 1.5ml (give 1.5 ml)
As long as you are careful to have the mgs and mls in the same spot on each side of the equation it is very easy. I'm not sure how other programs work but in ours we had more students fail out because of dosage than anything else. Good luck, Jules 
Aug 28, '06Quote from tookewlandyDesired over have times quanityWhat is the D/hxq method???
its an easy way to do dosing questions but not always accurate so pretty useless except for checking imo 
Aug 28, '06Quote from leeniebeanie_2767i do them upside down because it makes more sense to me to put desired dose on the bottom to me maybe that would help you tooCan anyone explain to me this math question? Okaya physician orders diazepam (Valium) 7.5 mg IV. Diazepam is supplied in a 10 mg (2ml) Bristojet container. How many milliliters should the nurse administer?
I have the formula: (Desired dose [D]x Quantity [Q]

Dose on Hand [H]
How do you figure the math out? I am really poor in math questions and would appreciate any tips. Thanks!Aileen:wink2:Last edit by supernurse65 on Aug 28, '06 
Aug 28, '06Personally, I always get the stuff I have into how much I have per ml.
a physician orders diazepam (Valium) 7.5 mg IV. Diazepam is supplied in a 10 mg (2ml) Bristojet container.
It works for me and I've never had a problem with doing meds calc