Ok so I want to make sure my mind is on the right track, especially when it comes to admin. insulin. (FYI I have my first dosage test next Monday-1st semester in nursing school
So the question is:
The physician orders insulin lispro 17 units subcutaneous. The medication is supplied in 100 units/mL. How many units will the nurse administer? ________ Shade the syringe
My thoughts: There is no conversion in units when it comes to insulin. Soooo....I was thinking the nurse needs to admin. 17 units (my answer) as stated by the physician. The syringe is in units so I should shade the syringe to 17.
Now if it wasn't an insulin medication but some other liquid medication that needs to be injected that is in units then I would of course use a different syringe (besides the ones specific for insulin) but I will convert those units into mL. Only in insulin injections there is no conversion, so whatever that order is that's what I need to pull out of the syringe....
So the order is 17 units and I need to pull 17 units out the insulin syringe
Am I on the right track?