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College and in this video I want to show how to calculate the

total infusion time for an IV. Here’s the first problem. A 300 milligram IV is ordered

to be given at the drip rate of 25 milligrams per minute. How long will it take to infuse the

medicine? So let’s start out with the order

that we have, how much medicine we have to give.

That’s 300 milligrams. I’ll make that the the beginning of the left side

of the equation, and since I’ll be dealing with fractions I’ll make that into a fraction. I’ll put it

over 1.I know that I’m dealing with time, so on the right side of the equation I’ll leave a space for the answer and write

minutes. The other information is that the drip rate is 25 milligrams

per minute. Since I want to end up with

minutes I’m going to multiply that amount that’s ordered, the 300 milligrams by

the fraction minutes over 25 milligrams. By putting the

minutes in the numerator, I’ll end up with minutes in my

answer, and I’ll be able to cancel out the milligrams.

So let’s do that. We’ll cancel out the milligrams.

I’ve got a 300 and 25, so I can reduce those numbers.

I’ll divide both by 25. 300 divided by 25 is 12, and 25 divided by 25 is just 1. Now I’ve only got 1’s in the

denominators, so I don’t have to worry about them.

I’ll just multiply the numerators. That’s going to be 12 times minutes.

So that’s going to be 12 minutes. Let’s do one more. This one says the

order is for 1000 milliliter. to be infused at a rate of 50 drops per

minute. If you drop factor is 15, how long will

it take to infuse the medication? So let’s take the amount order,

1000 millimeters. I’ll write that down. Once again

I’ll make it into a fraction. I’ll put it over 1. On the right side of the equation I want to

write the units that I’ll be left with. I want to be left with time,

so that’s minutes. Now let’s add the rest of the information.

The rate we’re dealing with is 15 drops per minute.

So once again I’ll put minutes in the numerator

and I’ll take that 50 as the denominator. And the last thing I know is

that the drop at factor is 15. So that’s like 15 gtt over 1 milliliter. 15 drops.

So here’s 15 gtt over 1 milliliter. This time I want the

drops in the numerator so I can cancel out the ones

in the denominator over here. And I’ll also be able to cancel the

milliliters. Now let’s cancel those units. The milliliters are going to cancel and the gtt, the drops will cancel. I can simplify the numbers a bit. I’ve got a 50 over here and 1000 here, so let’s start by dividing by 10.

I’ll just cross out a zero in each number, and I can

divide the 100 by 5 and I’ll divide the 5 by 5.

So 100 divided by 5 is 20 and 5 divided by 5 is 1. Once again I’ve got only 1’s in the denominator. I’ll just multiply across

the numerators and see what we end up with. l

So that’s 20 times minutes times 15.

20 times 15 is 300. So that’s 300 minutes. With a number like this, I don’t want to leave that minutes. I want to convert that to hours.

So let’s remember that there are 60 minutes in an hour.

So that’s 300 minutes times one hour over 60 minutes. The minutes will cancel out.

I’ve got 300 and 60. I’ll divide them both by 10

to begin with. I’ll cross a zero off each one. And I can divide both 30 and 6 by 6.

30 divided by 6 is 5 and

6 divided by 6 is 1. I’m going to be left with 5 hours. To review quickly, what I did was I

started out with the amount of medication that was ordered. I took the rate that we’re

infusing it at, 50 drops per minute and I put the minutes in the numerator

so I would end up with minutes and the drops in the denominator.

And I was given a drop factor also. So I had to multiply by the

drop factor, which was 15 gtt, 15 drops per milliliter. I cancel out

whatever units I can, multiply across. I end up with 300 minutes. Since that’s a large number of minutes, I want a convert it to hours.

So I use the conversion from minutes to hours and up with 5 hours. So that’s about it. Take care. I’ll see you next time.

Great job – much appreciated. You are very good at setting up and explaining – well done.

My way 15gtt÷50gtt/min = 0.3 ×1000 = 300min

300min÷60min = 5hours

This was SO much more helpful than the method given to us in class. Thank you so much.

I went to that college many years ago.

Thanx