IV Flow Rates are Killing Me

I'm in my final year of nursing...have a 86% average.
However, that is plummeting like a rock  due to math :angryfire
I just can't get my head around IV flow calculations. I have many, many questions...but here is my most pressing one 
If a medication is added, is the volume of that med (50  100mL, I'm assuming) added into the total volume TBA? Or is it disregarded and the calculation is done without the med?
Dying to know.
Thanks! 


Oct 9, '05Is it worth it? It's kind of pricey, and I'm broke from the $74 my regular dosage calculation book cost
BTW  Do you know the answer???
Anyone, anyone? Bueller? 
Oct 10, '05I too highly recommend the dosage calculations made incredibly easy book by Springhouse publishing.
It walks you through all calculations and gives practice questions at the end of each section.
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Good Luck! If you have specific questions post them, maybe I can help
Meghan 
Oct 10, '05Quote from WorthyWorthy, if it's something like an IVPB, then it's the 50 mL total in the piggyback (or 100 mL...whatever it's labeled)I'm in my final year of nursing...have a 86% average.
However, that is plummeting like a rock  due to math :angryfire
I just can't get my head around IV flow calculations. I have many, many questions...but here is my most pressing one 
If a medication is added, is the volume of that med (50  100mL, I'm assuming) added into the total volume TBA? Or is it disregarded and the calculation is done without the med?
Dying to know.
Thanks!
If it's IVP, then you add the volume of the med to the volume of the diluent for the total to be infused.
Does this help?? 
Oct 10, '05It's IVPB  say it's 50ml of whatever drug PB combined with 1000 mL whatever type of diluent.
When you are doing your calculation of how many mL's per minute, would you use the 1000 alone, or would it be 1050???
Does that make sense?
Many thanks! I'll look into getting that book. 
Oct 10, '05Speaking only for my NUR 135 drug calc test, we had a problem just like that. The "correct" answer was to use the 1000 mL, I guess because in the "real world" meds come already mixed from the pharmacy??
I know so far in clinicals this semester, everything I've hung piggyback came already mixed.
Several students missed that question and kicked up quite a fuss. It doesn't seem fair to test knowledge based on "real world" experience before we actually HAVE SOME