Quote from java mama
okay...starting to make more sense. here is another problem to see if i got it
basal rate=400 mcg/hr
demand (pca) dose=250 mcg
lock-out=every 15 minutes
*basal rate=400 mcg/hr
*250 mcg every 15 minutes (60 divided by 15= 4 doses/hr)
*250 mcg x 4 =1,000 mcg/hr
*1,000 mcg + 250 mcg= 1,250 mcg/hr as the "maximum" dose a patient can get in 1 hour.
no, watch what numbers you are plugging in.
your basal (continuous)
rate per hour is 400mcg.
the patient can get 250mcg every 15 minutes. there are 4 doses of 250 mcgs that can be given totaling 1,000mcg
if the patient can deliver 1,000mcg total
per hour on demand and the pump delivers 400mcg total
per hour continuously........
how much total will the patient get per hour if all the drug (1,000mcg
/hr per the patient and 400mcg/hr
per the pump) is administered?
1,000mcg/hr + 400mcg/hr = ?mcg/hr total