Drip rate vs Flow rate? - page 2

I am a bit confused...I am fixing to start my 2nd yr of RN school, so I've been trying to get a little ahead on my dosage calc (IV calculations) & I thought I had it pretty well figured out, but then... Read More

  1. by   Dratz
    Daytonite told me the answer to this, so I will post it. The drip chamber keeps the "air" out of entering the tubing. (hope that is right)..
  2. by   moongirl
    dont get comfortable with the thought" everything is on a pump". In my second semester on Ortho/Nero, 3 times I started IV infusion of Ancef that was gravity drip, not pump and had to calc the drip rate
  3. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from moongirl
    dont get comfortable with the thought" everything is on a pump". In my second semester on Ortho/Nero, 3 times I started IV infusion of Ancef that was gravity drip, not pump and had to calc the drip rate
    Actually, there's a cheat sheet for that, depending on the brand of IV lines you use. I copied the Baxter cheat sheet because we don't use a pump on our blood transfusions.

    But Shhhh! don't tell your instructors I told you!
  4. by   moongirl
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    Actually, there's a cheat sheet for that, depending on the brand of IV lines you use. I copied the Baxter cheat sheet because we don't use a pump on our blood transfusions.

    But Shhhh! don't tell your instructors I told you!
    I had her breathing down my neck expecting me to do it long hand on a scratch piece of paper in front of her !!!!!!
    and yes, when I re-infused blood from an OrthoPat, I also had drip time, no pump, I had forgotten about that till you mentioned it !
  5. by   Osborne55
    Thanks sooo much to everyone for answering...I think I have it now, you use drip rate if your infusing by gravity, & flow rate when infusing by a pump...is this right?
  6. by   Osborne55
    No, your not hijacking...just glad to know I'm not the only one confused with some of this stuff... Come to find out, my classmate doesn't have a clue either!:lol_hitti
  7. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from Osborne55
    Thanks sooo much to everyone for answering...I think I have it now, you use drip rate if your infusing by gravity, & flow rate when infusing by a pump...is this right?
    Yes, that's correct!
  8. by   Kim O'Therapy
    Thanks for clarifying that. I was confused. We were instructed on the drugs; however, we were on our own when it came to the math. I was able to do the math, but did not understand the reasoning behind it.
  9. by   willdgate
    ok
    Last edit by willdgate on Aug 11, '06
  10. by   Daytonite
    Quote from Osborne55
    Thanks sooo much to everyone for answering...I think I have it now, you use drip rate if your infusing by gravity, & flow rate when infusing by a pump...is this right?
    Ta-Da! As my old piano teacher would say, "Give that nursing student a Star!" Yes, you got it!
  11. by   teenynurse
    drip rate look at what the tubing says most are like 10 to 15 gtts per ml dont really use drip rate with a infusion pump pretty much ml/hr

    at my job computerized infusion pumps so lok as you time going in how much ml in bag the pump figures out rate, but I got a new job a few weeks pumps nothing liket hat but really easy for me I killed myself doing math in LPN and RN school till I got iy
  12. by   teenynurse
    gtts ate on tubing bag it will tell you how many drips per ml usually 10 to 15 infusion pumps mostly ml/hr
  13. by   mingez
    Quote from TJPalone
    drip rate look at what the tubing says most are like 10 to 15 gtts per ml dont really use drip rate with a infusion pump pretty much ml/hr

    at my job computerized infusion pumps so lok as you time going in how much ml in bag the pump figures out rate, but I got a new job a few weeks pumps nothing liket hat but really easy for me I killed myself doing math in LPN and RN school till I got iy
    Drip rate = gtt/min (Drops per minute)
    Drop Factor = gtt/mL (tubing)

    Just clarifying...cause it sounded as if you were saying that the drip rate is listed on the tube packaging.


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