# 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?