I am actually a new grad. I haven't had tons of experience in clinicals to program new meds into a pump...Anyway the problem may be with my math skills.

All other areas on the pump are pre-set in my facility. I haven't seen my preceptor program anything else into the pump except in the VTBI space.

My preceptor and I hung blood, and on the pump there are 4 areas to fill in.

I know one is VTBI. This represents the ml/hour, right? So let's say for an antibiotic, I wanted it to infuse in 30 minutes (given that is the Dr.'s order), and it's a 50 ml bag, I would plug in 100 ml, which I get.

For some reason, I want an easier way to figure this scenario out. So my preceptor and I hang blood, she wants to check on the patient 15 minutes later (makes sense) so she tells me to put 75 ml under VTBI, and that's it. I forget how many ml were in the bag of blood..maybe 250? Is there a formula to figure this out, preferably dimensional analysis? (If I want to check on my pt 15 minutes later, and the volume in the bag is 250, what am I plugging into VTBI on my pump?) I'll think this out on my own, but I want to post this before I start that..I am on a fast paced unit, so I would love a formula for this (which I have forgotten from school)

I have worked on a lot of my dose calculation skills, but this part of dose calculations is something that slightly confuses me.

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I am actually a new grad. I haven't had tons of experience in clinicals to program new meds into a pump...Anyway the problem may be with my math skills.

All other areas on the pump are pre-set in my facility. I haven't seen my preceptor program anything else into the pump except in the VTBI space.

My preceptor and I hung blood, and on the pump there are 4 areas to fill in.

I know one is VTBI. This represents the ml/hour, right? So let's say for an antibiotic, I wanted it to infuse in 30 minutes (given that is the Dr.'s order), and it's a 50 ml bag, I would plug in 100 ml, which I get.

For some reason, I want an easier way to figure this scenario out. So my preceptor and I hang blood, she wants to check on the patient 15 minutes later (makes sense) so she tells me to put 75 ml under VTBI, and that's it. I forget how many ml were in the bag of blood..maybe 250? Is there a formula to figure this out, preferably dimensional analysis? (If I want to check on my pt 15 minutes later, and the volume in the bag is 250, what am I plugging into VTBI on my pump?) I'll think this out on my own, but I want to post this before I start that..I am on a fast paced unit, so I would love a formula for this (which I have forgotten from school)

I have worked on a lot of my dose calculation skills, but this part of dose calculations is something that slightly confuses me.