IV Flow Rate

i have looked through my book for examples on how to set this problem up to no avail. i don't want the problem worked out...i just want help setting it up (i.e. the formula) so that i can work it out myself. any help is appreciated! thanks in advance!!
determine the flow rate for the following iv being administered by infusion pump.
clindamycin 600 mg in 100 ml d5w over 1.5 hours.

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Dec 6, '09Quote from Neecy224Hi, you have to determine the drop factor ussually its 15 gtts/min.I have looked through my book for examples on how to set this problem up to no avail. I don't want the problem worked out...I just want help setting it up (i.e. the formula) so that I can work it out myself. ANY help is appreciated! Thanks in advance!!
Determine the flow rate for the following IV being administered by infusion pump.
Clindamycin 600 mg in 100 mL D5W over 1.5 hours.
So it should be 17 gttsmin..
You have to devide 100ml by (1.5hrs x 4) = 16.66 or 17 gtts/min
If am wrong pls let me know... 
Dec 6, '09bogchi2000 is wrong!
determine the flow rate for the following iv being administered by infusion pump.
clindamycin 600 mg in 100 ml d5w over 1.5 hours.
you must know that infusion pumps are almost always programmed at mls/hour unless you are told differently. then. . .you are told to give 100 ml's/1.5 hours. reduce this fraction so the denominator is one hour to get the rate you must set the pump at, or make it into a ratio like i have done below.
100 ml's (amount to give)/1.5 hour (time needed to infuse) = x mls/1 hour
x = 66.666, rounded up to 67 mls per hour 
Dec 6, '09Thanks so much Daytonite!! I really appreciate the help You are one of the best resources this site has to offer!!
Thanks for trying to help me bogchi, I appreciate the effort :wink2:! 
Dec 6, '09Quote from daytonitebogchi2000 is wrong!
determine the flow rate for the following iv being administered by infusion pump.
clindamycin 600 mg in 100 ml d5w over 1.5 hours.
you must know that infusion pumps are almost always programmed at mls/hour unless you are told differently. then. . .you are told to give 100 ml's/1.5 hours. reduce this fraction so the denominator is one hour to get the rate you must set the pump at, or make it into a ratio like i have done below.
100 ml's (amount to give)/1.5 hour (time needed to infuse) = x mls/1 hour
x = 66.666, rounded up to 67 mls per hour
hi thank you for this... and i received a very strong remarked from you "bogchi2000 is wrong!"
just bear in my mindthat infusion pums are aprogrammed at mls/hour..
my answer is 16.667 mls/min just multiply by 4 then you will get the mls/hour. = 67 mls/hour.
sometimes we just need to clarify things and use nursing knowledge to come up with the answer.. it doesnt mean we are wrong..
thanks for the compliment neecy224... god bless 
Dec 6, '09Quote from bogchi2000Don't minimize this error. If this had happened on the job the patient would not have received the medication as ordered and you would have been written up for a medication error. Ifr this had been the medication test you took during your job orientation you may very well have been terminated from the job before you ever got a chance to start work.Hi Thank you for this... And I received a very strong remarked from you "bogchi2000 is wrong!"
Just bear in my mindthat infusion pums are aprogrammed at mls/hour..
My answer is 16.667 mls/min just multiply by 4 then you will get the mls/hour. = 67 mls/hour.
Sometimes we just need to clarify things and use nursing knowledge to come up with the answer.. It doesnt mean we are wrong..
Thanks for the compliment Neecy224... God Bless 
Dec 7, '09I took 100ml divided by 90min = 1.1111111. take the answer and multiply by 60 min to get 66.66666 ml/hr, or 67 ml/hr.

Dec 7, '09Quote from neecy224well flow rate for a pump is in ml/hr. my school requires dimensional analysis and i would not know how to "tell" someone but i will show it and maybe that will help you look at it.i have looked through my book for examples on how to set this problem up to no avail. i don't want the problem worked out...i just want help setting it up (i.e. the formula) so that i can work it out myself. any help is appreciated! thanks in advance!!
determine the flow rate for the following iv being administered by infusion pump.
clindamycin 600 mg in 100 ml d5w over 1.5 hours.
ml/hr=100ml/1.5hr= 66.67 round to 67ml/hr.
hope this helps. if you can get a dimensional analysis book by curren (older edition like 2nd super cheap like $3) and it will walk you through each type of problem.
hope that helps.