Reply (Keith): Sure, Here it is: An IV Drip is ordered to run at 4 gtt/min. It contains 875 mg of a drug in a 250 ml solution. How many mg will the patient receive per hour if the infusion set is calibrated to deliver 12 gtt/ml?
1. How many mL per Min.? 12 gtt/mL means that it takes 12 drops to equal 1mL. 4 gtt/min is how many drops will fall every min. 12 Divided by 4 = 3 So that's = 1mL every 3 minutes (right?, since also 4 times 3 equals 12)
2. How much drug per mL? 875mg drug divided by 250mL = 3.5mg/mL
3. How many mL per Hr. and 60 minutes (one hour) divided by 3 = 20
since one mL will drop 20 times per hour (or every 3 minutes)
4. Add it all up. Then 20 X 3.5mg/mL = 70mg/hr
This infusion device math is kind of confusing at first. Sometimes drawing a circle (representing a minute) and then drawing little drops in it helps to visualize it. I know that sounds a little silly, but it works for lots of people.
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