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  1. Hi Guys,,, I am new to this, it was nice to find this....Already I have a favor of advice to ask. I have been working as an LPN for 6 years and I have recently moved to another province wherein the scope of practice is different. i am doing some pharmacolgy reviews and right yet, I have no textbooks. In IV therapy, what does the drip factor mean? and out of a 10, 15 or 60 drop/ml, what would be the best calibration to use on a 60 year old compared to that of a child.
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  3. by   TheCommuter
  4. by   roselynrn
    drop factor is different from adult and those to children

    2 types of drop factor

    macrodrop - remember it has no needle on the drip
    microdrop - it has needle..

    i hope it can help. i am a graduating this march a BSN..

    just take care!!!
  5. by   Silverdragon102
  6. by   buttercup_0058
    thanks for your help...good luck with graduation!!!
  7. by   GingerSue
    if you have no textbook, then find out what textbook is being used for the Pharmacology course at the educational facility that offers courses on Pharmacology (check the library for this book, sometimes students sell their used textbooks)

    I recently took the Pharmacology course (about $390 plus $90 for the textbook)

    There is a section in the course on adaptations to drug therapy for child clients and older clients

    The drop factor is the number or drops required to deliver 1 mL of fluid

    Standard macrodrip administration sets have a drop factor of 10, 15 or 20 gtts/mL and microdrip sets have a drop factor of 60 gtts/mL
    The drop factor is printed on each IV tubing package by the manufacturer
    For this course there is an assignment re: drug calculations, etc and the student must get it 100% correct in order to pass the Pharmacology course.
    Hope this helps clarify something about Pharmacology.