# Help with calculating flow rate

- 0Mar 15, '13 by EmilyEmily1. A 50 mL IV is to infuse in 15 minutes. The set calibration is 15gtt/mL. After 5 minutes, the IV contains 40 mL. Calculate the flow rate to deliver the volume on time.

2. An IV of 1000mL is ordered to run at 25mL/hr using a microdrip setLast edit by EmilyEmily on Mar 15, '13 - 1Mar 15, '13 by
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This web site may help you. DosageHelp.com - Helping Nursing Students Learn Dosage Calculationsloriangel14 likes this. - 0Mar 15, '13 by EmilyEmilyI keep coming up with the wrong answer I just need someone to explain it to me by setting it up
- 0Mar 15, '13 by EmilyEmily1. 40mL/10min x 15gtt--I get the wrong answer for this

2. 975mL x 60 min ?? - 0Mar 15, '13 by KelRN215Quote from EmilyEmilyOk, look at what you are doing here.1. 40mL/10min x 15gtt--I get the wrong answer for this

2. 975mL x 60 min ??

For #1, You need to infuse 40 mL in 10 min, I agree. So what does that mean, 4 mL/min, right?

So 4 mL/min x your drop factor of 15 gtts/mL = ? gtts/min.

For #2, where are you getting 975 mL from? Your problem is:

An IV of 1000mL is ordered to run at 25mL/hr using a microdrip set

Why would you subtract 25 mL from 1000 mL? That is not a step to figure this out.

Do you know what a microdrip set is? You need to know that to work this problem.

You don't say in this question what they are looking for- the gtts/min? If so, the 1,000 mL is irrelevant. You are running an IV at 25 mL/hr. How do you get from that to drops/min? - 0Mar 16, '13 by
*Esme12***Asst. Admin**__Volume(mL)__Time (min) x Drop Factor (gtts/mL) = Y (Flow Rate in gtts/min) .. __DosageHelp.com - Helping Nursing Students Learn Dosage Calculations - Volume/Time - IV Drop Rate Questions__

**40ml**

10min x 15gtts/1ml = _____gtts/min

(**40ml**divided by**10min**=**4ml**then that answer**4ml**x (times) 15**gtts**(the gtt rate) Will give you**60 gtts/min**.

For the second......define what a micro gtt is...what is the gtt factor for a micro gtt?

25ml

60min (60 min to 1 hour) x 60ggts/min = _____ml/cc/hrLast edit by Esme12 on Mar 16, '13