# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Practical Nursing II Task 871888344

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

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?

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