Need help with drip calculation *Please*

  1. Hello,
    My peers and I are having issues understanding the following drip calculation problem. Can anyone please help us understand how to get to the provided answer? Thank you very much!!


    1. The doctor's order reads to titrate propofol drip to keep BIS score between 40 and 60. The patient's current BIS score is 35. The patient weighs 80 kg. On hand is propofol 10 mg/ml. According to policy the nurse may titrate the propofol by 5 mcg/kg/min every 10 minutes to achieve desired result. The patient is currently receiving propofol at 60 mcg/kg/min. What rate should the nurse change the pump to?


    Answer: 26.4 ml/hr
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  3. by   chare
    Why don't you start by telling us what you think, and showing us what you have done.
  4. by   203bravo
    I'm feeling generous this evening so I'll offer some guidance.

    1st - if your BIS is 35 and you need to keep it in the 40-60 range then you would need to decrease the rate of the infusion of Propofol.
    according to policy you can adjust the rate by 5 mcg/kg/min
    currently running at 60 mcg/kg/min then you would adjust to 55 mcg/kg/min
    2nd - calculate your new mcg/min using the known weight - I took it a step further by going ahead and figuring mg/min

    From here it should be simple for you to calculate with dimensional analysis


    mL/hr = mg/min * min/hr * ml/mg
  5. by   Dreagrl3
    Thank you for your help. I'm reading this after watching some YouTube tutorials which broke it down. We hadn't learned this yet so that is why we were confused. It all makes perfect sense now. Thank you very much for your helpful response. Hopefully it'll help others as well. =)
  6. by   ~♪♫ in my ♥~
    Quote from Dreagrl3
    Thank you for your help. I'm reading this after watching some YouTube tutorials which broke it down. We hadn't learned this yet so that is why we were confused. It all makes perfect sense now. Thank you very much for your helpful response. Hopefully it'll help others as well. =)
    I'm glad that you were, with help, able to answer your own question. That is how real learning takes place.

    Now teach it to someone else and it will be forever yours.

    See one - do one - teach one and the Socratic method really work.

    Go forth and be awesome.
  7. by   chare
    If you are using dimensional analysis, the following formula includes all necessary conversions, and all units except for mL/hour cancel.

    (? mcg/(kg×min)) × (? kg/1) × (60 min/1 hour) × (1 mL/10 mg) × (1 mg/1,000 mcg) = mL/hour

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