Can someone help clarify this pediatric dosage problem

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    1. Order: Gentamicin 8 mg / kg /day q6h for a child weighing 72 lb.
    a. Give ____65 mg/ dose ______ mg per dose.
    b. Gentamicin is provided as 80 mg / 2 mL.
    c. How many mL would you draw up/ ______1.62 or 1.6 mL _______
    d. The Gentamicin is to be added to 15 mL of IV fluid and infused over 60 minutes.
    e. How fast would you set the IVAC? _______ mL per hour________________



    I can get everything else but I am having trouble understanding E.

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    I've never heard of an "IVAC" either, but after looking it up apparently it's a brand name of an IV pump, which is a really inappropriate way to ask this type of question.

    Anyway, the E basically asks what rate, in mls per hour, that you would set the IV pump to run at, although I don't know why there's another blank after "hour".
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    Quote from Matt1986
    1. Order: Gentamicin 8 mg / kg /day q6h for a child weighing 72 lb.
    a. Give ____65 mg/ dose ______ mg per dose.
    b. Gentamicin is provided as 80 mg / 2 mL.
    c. How many mL would you draw up/ ______1.62 or 1.6 mL _______
    d. The Gentamicin is to be added to 15 mL of IV fluid and infused over 60 minutes.
    e. How fast would you set the IVAC? _______ mL per hour________________



    I can get everything else but I am having trouble understanding E.
    What is the total volume after you dilute the Gent with 15 mL? You want to infuse that total volume over 1 hour so that's your answer.
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    Yeah, really, let's not overthink this. When a dose (of anything) (in X amount of fluid) has to be given over an hour, the amount of fluid it's in is your answer-- Xcc/hour.
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