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CTE Resource Center - Verso - Practical Nursing II Task 871888344
# Calculate medication dosages.

## Definition

Calculations should include

- use of metric, apothecary, and household systems of measurement
- use of basic math skills
- use of conversion equivalents
- use of ratio: proportion and formulas/dimensional analysis
- abbreviations used in drug orders to indicate time, frequency, and amount
- use of pediatric guidelines
- IV drip rates and flow rates.

## Process/Skill Questions

- How do you determine the amount of medication to give a client?
- How would you set up a drug calculation problem?
- What formula would you use to calculate the rate of an intravenous solution when using a pump vs. no pump?

- What is the difference between a liter and a quart?
- What is the difference between a cubic centimeter and a milliliter?
- What are the units of measurement used in the metric, apothecary, and household systems of measurement?
- What are the common conversion equivalents to calculate doses when prescribed in one system of measurement and supplied in another?
- How do you convert from one system to another?
- How do you calculate an ordered dose of medication, using either a formula method, ratio: proportion, or dimensional analysis?
- What are the rules or guidelines for calculating pediatric dosages?
- How do you calculate IV drip rates? Flow rates?

## Other Related Standards

## HOSA Competitive Events

## Health Science Events

### Knowledge Test: Pharmacology

## Health Professions Events