IV rate formula's any easy ways to remember?
- 0Jan 8, '08 by critical thinkerDoes anyone out there have any idea's on how to remember the IV rate formula's? Second semester starting on Monday, and these calculations will be our first test, I would like to find an easier way to remember them. Thanks.
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- 1Jan 8, '08 by futurecnmQuote from critical thinkervolume to be infused (ml) x drip factor (gtt/ml) / time (min) = gtt/minDoes anyone out there have any idea's on how to remember the IV rate formula's? Second semester starting on Monday, and these calculations will be our first test, I would like to find an easier way to remember them. Thanks.
is that the formula you are talking about?
It is just a matter of getting the end units to what the question is asking for, there isn't much to memorize. It is all just manipulating numbers to get the right units. And making sure it all makes sense!
- 0Jan 8, '08 by Daytoniteif you set these problems up using dimensional analysis there should be no problem. it's always the dose desired and then add the drop factor of the tubing or the flow rate to the equation to end up with the answer expressed as a ratio and its desired labels in the numerator and denominator positions.
there are iv calculation problems and tutorials on post #6 of this thread:
- http://allnurses.com/forums/f205/any...es-127657.html - any good iv therapy or nursing procedure web sites (in nursing student assistant forum)
- 0Jan 11, '08 by akspudusI agree with Daytonite. If you learn the skill of dimensional analysis, you do not have to memorise any crazy formulas. You build the equation as you go. Once the equation is "built" you cross check to make sure all of your units cancel. If you end up with the units you are looking for (such as gtt/min) then you know you have built the equation correctly. Then...you are left with some simple multiplying and dividing. If you had your units correct in the set up...your pretty much assured to get the final correct answer.
Approach pharmacology math as a skill...the only memorization you should do is your unit conversion fractions.