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Hello, just have a quick math question

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HappyNurse915 has 6 years experience and specializes in I am an LVN so basic nursing skills.

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I am an LVN currently enrolled in college. We have a math test in a couple of weeks and I've been studying so hard but there is one question I have no idea how to work out. Is there anyone who can help me? I would really appreciate it.

Order: Nipride 100mg in 500mL 5% Dextrose and water to infuse at 18 micro drops/ min

How many mL per hour is the patient receiving?

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buckchaser10 has 3 years experience.

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You would need to know how many drips creates an mL on your dripset. I think normal is like 16 drips per mL but I've been out of school awhile and drip sets are few and far between anymore. When you figure out how many drips equal an mL you would take 18 drips per minute multiply that into an hour and then divide by how many drips equal an mL

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HappyNurse915 has 6 years experience and specializes in I am an LVN so basic nursing skills.

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I thought I was missing a piece of the problem. This is all the info my teacher gave us. No wonder I was so confuse. Thank you so much for clarifying it.

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NICU Guy has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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7 hours ago, HappyNurse915 said:

Order: Nipride 100mg in 500mL 5% Dextrose and water to infuse at 18 micro drops/ min

How many mL per hour is the patient receiving?

My assumption is to use a micro drip set which is 60 drops/mL.

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KatieMI has 6 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in ICU, LTACH, Internal Medicine.

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Assuming microdrip has drop factor 60 ( it is pharma standard):

60 mcgtts/ml

18/60 = 0.3 ml/min

0.3 x 60 min = 18 ml/hour

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HappyNurse915 has 6 years experience and specializes in I am an LVN so basic nursing skills.

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Thank you NICU guy and Katie you guys are awesome. That makes so much sense.

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