Help Med Calculation Test Tomorrow at work


Aug 12, '12Here is my fine print: I'm a new graduate RN and have done maybe only 5 grain to grams/mg medication calculation questions. So please have another person double check this!!
Ok so this is what I got:
a few websites said 1grain= 60mg
And I am assuming that the sq at the end of the atropine is implying that it is 1/200 grain per mL
So with these assumptions:
60mg X 1/200grain= 0.3mg
Then do your standard calculations:
(1mL/ 0.4mg) X ( 0.3mg/1dose)= 0.75mL per dose 
Aug 12, '12thanks alot. That is the answer. I just wasn't sure how to come up with that answer. Thanks a million.

Aug 12, '12ENicuRN's post is correct. However, it is important to note that several sources use 65 mg per grain, so you might have to work your problem both ways. Good luck with your test.

Aug 12, '12I did see a lot of websites saying a grain was anywhere from 6065mg so it definitely depends on who you are referencing.
I'm glad another person was able to double check that.:)
Good luck tomorrow! 
Aug 12, '12Ok can any of you help me with this problem. I am about to pull my hair out. I have been out of school for two years and I am rusty on these drip problems please help. Here is the problem: Dopamine 250 mcg/min. Concentration is 400 mg dopamine in 250 ml D5W. Need to know the ML/Hr.
(Drip factor is 60 gtts/mL)
thanks in advance 
Aug 12, '12Quote from blynn9173mL/hour= (250mL/400mg) X (1mg/1,000 mcg) X (250mcg / 1minute) X (60minutes / 1 hour) = 9.375mL/hourOk can any of you help me with this problem. I am about to pull my hair out. I have been out of school for two years and I am rusty on these drip problems please help. Here is the problem: Dopamine 250 mcg/min. Concentration is 400 mg dopamine in 250 ml D5W. Need to know the ML/Hr.
(Drip factor is 60 gtts/mL)
thanks in advance
Look through the question and always start with whatever you are looking for. This question is asking for mL per hour so you start with the mL part at the first numerator. Then you just cancel out each fraction by making sure if there is a mg on the denominator there is a mg in a numerator somewhere in the equation ( it doesn't have to be directly next to each other, as long as it is in the equation) 

Aug 12, '12*EDIT, oops, beat to the punch
mgs per mL
400mg/250ml = 1.6mg/ml
convert to mcg
1.6mg = 1600mcg
mls per minute
250mcg/1600mcg = 0.15625 ml/min
mls per hour
0.15625x60 = 9.375 ml/hr