How do I recalculate flow rates for infusions?  page 2
1. An IV of 500mL was ordered to infuse in 3 hr using a 15gtt/mL set. With 1 1/2 remaining, you discover that only 150 mL is left in the bag. At what rate will you need to reset the flow? 2. An... Read More

Jan 22, '13 by Mina E.Quote from EmilyEmilyThis is how I learned how to do flow rates in my Medical Dosage Calculations class and how I used to do it when I was a pharmacy tech. Now that I am in the ADN program, I still do it the same way. So I wasn't aware I was missing steps. The way I posted it has all the steps, in my opinion.That method does not work for everyone. I like for someone to work the problem out so that I can see all of the steps and how it was solved. Maybe there was a step that I missed. This forum was made to assist students so I expect people to want to actually help

Jan 22, '13 by EmilyEmily(400ml/3hr)(1hr/60min)(20gtts/ml)= 44.4gtts/ml or about 44gtts/ml
Over 15secs, you would count 11gtts
I dont understand how you got 44 from that equation. can you break it down for me? 
Jan 22, '13 by akulahawkRN, ASN, RN, EMTP ProOh, and I missed a small step: how many gtts in 15 seconds. Answer: approximately 7. (25/2)/2=6.5 gtts/15 seconds.
I calculate the rate per minute and then determine the gtt rate/min from that. When I need to answer a rate/hour, I just calculate that instead. It's just some basic math stuff. 
Jan 22, '13 by Mina E.Quote from EmilyEmily400/3= 133.33
so anything over 15 seconds makes it 11/gtt?
I dont understand how you got 44 from that equation. can you break it down for me?
1/60=0.0166
20/1=20
133.33x0.0166x20=44.26
It should be 44gtts/min. My previous answer said 44gtts/ml.
1min=60sec
60sec/15secs=4
44/4=11
11gtts/15sec
All you have to do is the math inside the parentheses and you will get your answer 

Jan 22, '13 by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from EmilyEmilyHI! Welcome to AN! We are happy to help with homework.....but we won't do it for you. Everyone has been very helpful to you and given you plenty of information. I always ask for what you have done so far so I can best help you k now where you are going awry so I cab best help you stay in the right track.That method does not work for everyone. I like for someone to work the problem out so that I can see all of the steps and how it was solved. Maybe there was a step that I missed. This forum was made to assist students so I expect people to want to actually help
Yes, this forum was made to help students...but it also statesThis is NOT the forum to ask someone to do your homework for you. When asking for assistance with an assignment, please show what you have done first.
The site that someone gave you earlier in the thread is an important one and a valuabvle one especially for students.
Formula: for gtt(drop)factor
Volume (mL) Time (min) x Drop Factor (gtts/mL) = Y (Flow Rate in gtts/min)

Jan 22, '13 by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from EmilyEmilywatch you conversions. Most problems have several steps....first..what is the question asking.Wait I still don't see how you got 25 for this one..I'm getting 9An IV of 500mL was ordered to infuse in 3 hr using a 15gtt/mL set. With 1 1/2 remaining, you discover that only 150 mL is left in the bag. At what rate will you need to reset the flow?
You now have only 150cc's of IVF left and that need to infuse over 1 and 1/2 hour. HOw many minutes are in 1 and 1/2 hour.....(if there are 60 min per hour how many min are in 1 1/2 hour?) YThe are 90 min in 1 1/2hour.
so I have 150cc of IVF that needs to infuse over 90 min.Formula:
150ccVolume (mL) Time (min) x Drop Factor (gtts/mL) = Y (Flow Rate in gtts/min)
90min X 15 =
so 150 divided by 90 equals...What?...multiply that times the drop(gtt) factor of 15 and you get the new pump setting to infuse that 150cc one 1 and 1/2 hour.Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 22, '13 
Jan 22, '13 by EmilyEmilyQuote from Mina E.where does the 1hr/60 minute equation come from??? my book teaches me something different
So you have 400ml of the 1000ml left to infuse at a rate of 20gtt/ml
(400ml/3hr)(1hr/60min)(20gtts/ml)= 44.4gtts/ml or about 44gtts/ml
Over 15secs, you would count 11gtts 
Jan 22, '13 by ♪♫ in my ♥Quote from EmilyEmilyThe factor 1 hr/60 min is simply to convert the drip rate into a perminute form (as asked for) rather than the perhour form.Quote from Mina E.where does the 1hr/60 minute equation come from??? my book teaches me something differentSo you have 400ml of the 1000ml left to infuse at a rate of 20gtt/ml (400ml/3hr)(1hr/60min)(20gtts/ml)= 44.4gtts/ml or about 44gtts/ml Over 15secs, you would count 11gtts

Jan 22, '13 by EmilyEmilyAn I.V of 800mL was started at 9:am to infuse in 4 hr. At 10am, 150mL have infused. The set is calibrated at 15/gtt/mL. Recalculate the flow rate in gtt/min.
Okay so I set it up like this (650ml/4hr) (1hr/60)(15gtt/ml) and i still got the wrong answer. what am I doing wrong?? 
Jan 22, '13 by Mina E.Quote from EmilyEmilyYou wouldn't be infusing it over 4hrs. It would be 3hrs because 1hr has already gone by.An I.V of 800mL was started at 9:am to infuse in 4 hr. At 10am, 150mL have infused. The set is calibrated at 15/gtt/mL. Recalculate the flow rate in gtt/min.
Okay so I set it up like this (650ml/4hr) (1hr/60)(15gtt/ml) and i still got the wrong answer. what am I doing wrong??
(650ml/3hrs)(1hr/60min)(15gtts/ml)= ? 
Jan 22, '13 by EmilyEmilyQuote from Mina E.Thank you. I have a question about another problem I didYou wouldn't be infusing it over 4hrs. It would be 3hrs because 1hr has already gone by.
(650ml/3hrs)(1hr/60min)(15gtts/ml)= ?
1. An IV of 500 mL that was to infuse in 2 hr is discovered to have only 150mL left after 30 minutes. Recalculate the flow rate. Set calibration is 15 gtt/mL
so I did 150/90min x 15gtt/mL which gave me 25. But why didn't the equation 1hr/60minutes apply to this one?? when I put that in there the answer came out wrong 
Jan 22, '13 by nurseprnRNQuote from EmilyEmilyIt's not four hours, since one hour has already passed.An I.V of 800mL was started at 9:am to infuse in 4 hr. At 10am, 150mL have infused. The set is calibrated at 15/gtt/mL. Recalculate the flow rate in gtt/min.
Okay so I set it up like this (650ml/4hr) (1hr/60)(15gtt/ml) and i still got the wrong answer. what am I doing wrong??
Think about it in relative terms, too. You have 800 cc to give in 4 hours originally. That means you should be giving 200cc/hour, right? But when one hour has passed, only 150 cc was gone. So what does that mean/ Right, it was running too slowly. Someone miscalculated the rate. Yo will take the amount of fluid left, and figure out how to give that amount in the three hours remaining to you.
Slow down, read the question in parts, and don't go on to the next one until you completely understand what you have already. That means, can you explain it to someone else with confidence. No? You don't know it yet. Try some more.