# Med Math Help

1. Please help me to figure out what the important information is in this problem so that I can set it up correctly. I find myself trying to include everything into the equation.

A midwife orders Pitocin 10 units in 1000mL to run at 1 milliunits/min. The drip factor is 60gtts/mL. How many mL/hr does the nurse set the pump Record your answer in mL/hr.

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3. There is one bit of irrelevant information if you are using a pump....
4. I'm trying to figure out what that is
5. Okay, let's help you figure it out. What is the purpose of knowing the drop factor?
6. its for the number of drops per ml in the iv tubing
Last edit by jnicki08 on Jul 19
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its for the number per ml in the iv tubing
Not exactly. What information does the drop factor provide? And how else do you think it would be helpful?
8. It controls the flow rate of the iv
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It controls the flow rate of the iv
Yes, it's one way of determining the rate of an IV infusion. What is another way to determine the rate of an IV infusion? And which one do you think you would use to program an IV pump?
10. ml/hr
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ml/hr
Yes, so if you're using a pump what piece of information in the question can you disregard?
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ml/hr
Yes. Now you know the irrelevant piece of information.

From here, what are you trying to solve?
13. 1 milliunits/min?
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1 milliunits/min?
No, that is what you were given.