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## Meds Drug Calculations Using Dimensional Analysis 2nd Ed By Mulholland -Test Bank

Mulholland: The Nurse, The Math, The Meds, 2nd Edition

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Directions: Calculate the IV medication and infusion rates. Use a calculator for safe dose range calculations, multiplication, and long division as desired. Verify results using DE-style equations where requested. If the order is unsafe, do not proceed with the math. Label answers.

1. Ordered: medicated IV at 4 mcg/kg/min.
Patient’s weight: 50 kg.
a. Information requested: Micrograms per minute ordered
Calculator result:
b. Information requested: Micrograms per hour ordered
Calculator result:
c. Information requested: Milligrams per hour ordered
Calculator result:

ANS:
a. 200 mcg per minute (4  50)
b. 12,000 mcg per hour (200  60)
c. 12 mg per hour (12,000 ÷ 1000)

PTS: 1

2. An IV of 1000 mL of D5W contains 400 mg of dopamine HCl.
a. What is the concentration in milligrams per milliliter? (Remember: per indicates division.) Show the data you would enter on a calculator, or use a DA equation.
b. What is the concentration in micrograms per milliliter? (Move the decimal point carefully.) Show the data you would enter on a calculator, or use a DA equation.

ANS:
a.
b. 0.4  1000 = 400 mcg per mL
(0.400)

PTS: 1

3. Ordered: aminophylline IV infusion, for a patient with asthma.
Infusing: aminophylline at 33 mL/hr
Available: IV of 500 mL of D5W with the contents of the vial shown here
Patient’s weight: 110 kg

The nurse has withdrawn 20 mL of D5W and added the medication to make a total volume of 500 mL.
How many milligrams of aminophylline is the patient receiving per hour?
a. DA equation:
b. Evaluation:

ANS:
a.
b. Equation is balanced. Only mg her hour remain. Note: The equation is solved using the total mL (500 mL) not 20 mL.

PTS: 1

4. Ordered: dopamine infusion at 3 mcg/kg/min, for a patient in shock.
Available: dopamine 200 mg/250 mL D5W.
Patient’s weight: 60 kg
a. Information requested: Micrograms per hour ordered
Calculator result:
b. Information requested: Milligrams per hour ordered
Calculator result:
Milliliters per hour to be administered on infusion pump
c. DA equation:
d. Evaluation:

ANS:
a. 10,800 mcg per hr (3  60  60)
b. 10.800 mg per hr (10.800) (10.800  1000)
c.
d. Equation is balanced. Only mL per hour remain. A shortcut can be used by entering the data in the equation as follows:

PTS: 1

5. Ordered: dobutamine 2.5 mcg/kg/min
Available: 500 mL D5W
Patient’s weight: 80 kg

a. Information requested: Micrograms per minute ordered
Calculator result:
b. Information requested: Micrograms per hour ordered
Calculator result:
c. Information requested: Milligrams per minute ordered
Calculator result:
d. Milligrams per hour ordered (Use in final flow rate equation.)
Calculator result:
Milliliters per hour to be administered on infusion pump:
e. DA equation:
f. Evaluation:

ANS:
a. 200 mcg (2.5  80)
b. 12,000 mcg (200  60)
c. 0.2 mg (0.200) (200  1000)
d. 12 mg (12.000) (0.2  60)
e.
f. Equation is balanced. Only mL per hour remain.

PTS: 1

6. Ordered: Lasix 25 mg direct IV, for a patient with pulmonary edema. SDR: Up to 20 mg/min
For pulmonary edema, push over several minutes.
The nurse plans to administer the medication over 5-minute period.
Available:

Total number of milliliters for the prepared injection to the nearest tenth of a milliliter:
a. Estimated dose:
b. DA equation:
c. Evaluation:
d. Total minutes for injection:
Total seconds for injection:
e. Total number of calibrations occupied by the dose:

Number of calibrations per second to be pushed:
f. DA equation:
g. Evaluation:

ANS:
a. Estimate: Give less than 4 mL.
b.
c. Equation is balanced. Estimate supports answer.
d. 5 minutes; 300 seconds (5  60)
e. 25 calibrations
f.
g. Only calibrations per second remain. Inject volume of 2.5 mL at a rate of 1 calibration every 12 seconds.

PTS: 1

7. Ordered: meperidine 30-mg IV push, for a patient with complaints of pain.
Drug reference: Inject over 1 minute.
Available:

Total number of milliliters for the prepared injection to nearest tenth of a milliliter:
a. Estimate:
b. DA equation:
c. Evaluation:
d. Total minutes for injection:
Total seconds for injection:
e. Total number of calibrations occupied by dose:

Number of calibrations per second to be pushed:
f. DA equation:
g. Evaluation:

ANS:
a. Estimate: Give less than 1 mL.
b.
c. Equation is balanced. Estimate supports answer.
d. 1 minute; 60 seconds
e. 6 calibrations
f.
g. Inject volume of 0.6 mL at a rate of 1 calibration every 10 seconds.

PTS: 1

8. Ordered: magnesium sulfate 2.5 g/hr IV infusion, for a patient with toxemia
Existing infusion rate when nurse arrives on shift: 75 mL/hr
Available: magnesium sulfate (refer to label) diluted in 500 mL D5W

a. Number of milliequivalents per milliliter stated on label:
b. Number of milligrams per milliliter stated in fine print on right side of label:
c. Total number of grams of magnesium sulfate in 50-mL vial:
Number of grams per hour infusing on the infusion pump:
d. DA equation:
e. Evaluation:
Ordered infusion rate:
f. DA equation:
g. Evaluation:
h. Decision:

ANS:
a. 4 mEq mL
b. 500 mg/mL
c. 25 g
d.
e. Equation is balanced. Only g per hour remains.
f.
g. Equation is balanced. Existing flow rate is too rapid.
h. Flow rate needs to be reduced to 50 mL/hr. Contact prescriber promptly for rate of adjustment. Assess and monitor patient. Document.

PTS: 1

9. Ordered: oxytocin drip, 1 milliunit/min
Infusing: oxytocin drip at 6 mL/hr
Available:

a. How many units of Pitocin are contained in 1 mL, according to label?
b. How many milliunits equal 1 unit? How many milliunits equal 10 units? (Recall the meaning of the prefix “milli”.)
One mL of Pitocin has been placed in 1000 mL of D5W. What is the concentration of milliunits per milliliter in the IV solution?
c. DA equation:
How many milliunits per hour are being infused?
d. DA equation:
e. Evaluation:
How many milliunits per minute are infusing?
f. DA equation:
g. Evaluation:
h. Is the existing flow rate correct? (Do the milliunits per minute being infused match the order?) If not, what flow rate should be set?
i. DA equation:
j. Evaluation:

ANS:
a. 10 units
b. 1000 milliunits = 1 unit; 10,000 milliunits = 10 units (1000  10)
c.
d.
e. Equation is balanced. Only milliunits per hour remain.
f.
g. Equation is balanced. Only mU per minute remain.
h. Yes. Flow rate is correct.
i. N/A
j. Continue the infusion at 6 mL per hour. Note: Be sure to insert commas when working with large numbers.

PTS: 1

10. Diltiazem hydrochloride IV maintenance drip infusion has been ordered for a patient diagnosed with atrial flutter, who was treated on admission with a bolus IV dose to lower the ventricular pulse rate.
Order: Titrate the diltiazem HC1 at 5-15 mg/hr to maintain a ventricular pulse rate 90 beats per minute (bpm). Increase by increments of 5 mg/hr
Available: diltiazem hydrochloride 100 mg/100 mL NS
a. With what IV dose in mg/hr will the nurse initiate the infusion?
b. Estimated initial flow rate on an EID:
c. DA equation for flow rate:
d. Evaluation:
The patient’s ventricular pulse rate is 100 bpm at the end of the first hour.
e. IV dose in mg/hr to be administered:
f. Estimated flow rate:
g. DA equation for flow rate:
h. Evaluation:

ANS:
a. 5 mg/hr. Note: When titrating medications, the initial dose must be the lowest dose in the range.
b. 5 mL/hr (100 mg/100 mL = 1:1)
c.
d. Equation is balanced. Only mL/hour remain.
e. 10 mg/hr. Note: The drug is to be titrated in 5 mg/hr increments.
f. 10 mL/hr
g.
h. Equation is balanced. Only mL/hr remain.

PTS: 1

Directions: Calculate the IV medication and infusion rates. Use a calculator for safe dose range calculations, multiplication and long division. Perform calculator operations two times for verification. Verify results with DA style equation where requested. If the order is unsafe, do not proceed with the math. Label answers. Note: changing mg to micrograms and vice versa can be done with mental arithmetic in most instances.

11. Ordered: a medicated IV infusion at 3 mg per minute. Available: Drug Y
1500 mg in 1000 mL of D5NS.
a. How many mg per hr will be administered?
b. How many mg per mL will be in the IV?
DA:
Evaluation:

ANS:
a. 180 mg per hr
b.
DA:

PTS: 1

12. Ordered: A medicated IV infusion at 0.5 mg per minute. Available: Drug Y 500 mg in 100 mL. LRS.
What will the flow rate be in mL per hr?
DA:
Evaluation:

ANS:

DA:

PTS: 1

13. Ordered: A medicated IV infusion at 1 mg per minute. Available: Drug Y 250 mg in 250 mL of D5W.
What will the flow rate be in mL per hour?
DA:
Evaluation:

ANS:
Estimate: 1 mg per mL of D5W  60 mg per hr and 60 mL per hr
DA:

PTS: 1

14. Ordered: A medicated IV infusion with drug Y at 2 mg per minute. Available: Drug Y 1 g in 1000 mL of NS.
What will the flow rate be in mL per hr?
DA:
Evaluation

ANS:
120 mL per hr
DA:

PTS: 1

15. Ordered: A medicated IV at 2 mcg per kg per minute
Patient’s weight: 60 kg
a. Micrograms per minute ordered:
b. Micrograms per hour ordered:
c. Milligrams per hour ordered:

ANS:
a. 2 mcg  60 kg =120 mcg per minute
b. 120  60 min = 7200 mcg per hr
c. 7200 ÷ 1000 mcg = 7.2 mg per hr

PTS: 1

16. Ordered: A medicated IV at 6 mcg per kg per minute
Patient’s weight: 176 lb
a. Estimated wt in kg:
b. Actual wt in kg:
c. mcg per hour ordered
d. mg per hour ordered

ANS:
a. Estimated wt in kg: 176 ÷ 2 = 88
b. Actual wt in kg: 176 ÷ 2.2 = 80
c. mcg per hour ordered 6  80  60 min = 28,800 mcg per hr
d. mg per hr ordered: 28,800 ÷ 1000 = 28.8 mg per hr

PTS: 1

17. Ordered: A medicated IV at 3 mcg per kg per minute. Available IV: D5W 1000 mL with 500 mg of Drug Y.
Patient weight: 50 kg
a. What flow rate will you set in mL per hr to the nearest tenth of a mL?
DA:
b. Evaluation:

ANS:
a. Flow rate: 18 mL per hr
DA:
b. Evaluation: Equation verified twice with calculator.

PTS: 1

18. Ordered: Dobutamine hydrochloride IV infusion 0.5 mcg per kg per minute,
for a patient with cardiac decompensation.
Patient weight: 70 kg.
Available dobutamine: 250 mg in 500 mL
a. How many mg per mL of drug are contained in the IV?
b. How many mcg per mL of drug are contained in the IV?
c. What flow rate will you set in mL per hr to the nearest tenth of a mL?
DA:
d. Evaluation:

ANS:
a. How many mg per mL are contained in the IV?
b. What flow rate will you set in mL per hr to the nearest tenth of a mL? 4.2 mL per hr
DA:
c. mL per hr:
d. Evaluation: Equation verified twice with calculator.

PTS: 1

19. Ordered: Dopamine infusion at 10 mcg per kg per minute. Available: Dopamine 400 mg premixed in 500 mL of D5W.
Patient weight: 60 kg (45 mL/hr)
a. How many mg per mL are contained in the solution?
b. How many mcg per mL are contained in the solution?
c. How many mL per hr will the flow rate be set?
DA:
d. Evaluation:

ANS:
a. mg per mL:
b. mcg per mL: 0.8 mg = 800 mcg per mL

c. mL per hr:
d. Evaluation: Equation verified twice with calculator.

PTS: 1

20. Ordered: Dopamine infusion at 5 mcg per kg per min. Available: Dopamine 200 mg in 250 mL of D5W.
Patient weight: 80 kg
a. How many mcg per mL are contained in the solution?
b. How many mL per hr will the flow rate be set?
DA:
c. Evaluation

ANS:
a. mg per mL: 800 mg
b. mcg per mL: 0.8 mcg
c. 30 mL per hr
DA:
c. mL per hr:
Evaluation: Equation verified twice with calculator.

PTS: 1

21. (11 to 15)
IV Push (Bolus) Rx
and Time For
Available
Dilution Total mL to Be Given
mL per Minute
11 Morphine sulfate IV 2 mg over 2 minutes
for pain Morphine sulfate 10 mg per mL
3 mL syringe 1 mg per mL of NS
12 Hydromorphone HCl (Dilaudid) IV 0.5 mg over 5 minutes for pain Dilaudid 2 mg ampule
5 mL syringe 5 mL SW or NS
13 Naloxone HCl (Narcan) 1 mg IV for opioid overdose
Rate: Each 0.4 mg or fraction thereof over 15 seconds Naloxone
400 mcg/mL
3 mL syringe Dilute up to 2 mL
14 Furosemide (Lasix) 30 mg IV for edema. Give over 2 minutes Furosemide 10 mg per mL
3 mL syringe May be given undiluted
15 Phenobarbital sodium 120 mg IV for status epilepticus. May repeat times 3. Give 60 mg per minute Phenobarbital sodium 120 mg per 3 mL
10 mL syringe Dilute to 10 mL with SW

ANS:
IV Push (Bolus) Rx
and Time For
Available
Dilution Total mL to Be Given
mL per Minute
11 Morphine sulfate IV 2 mg over 2 minutes
for pain Morphine sulfate 10 mg per mL
3 mL syringe 1 mg per mL of NS 2.2 mL 1.1 mL per minute
12 Hydromorphone HCl (Dilaudid) IV 0.5 mg over 5 minutes for pain Dilaudid 2 mg ampule
5 mL syringe 5 mL SW or NS 5 mL 1 mL per minute
13 Naloxone HCl (Narcan) 1 mg IV for opioid overdose
Rate: Each 0.4 mg or fraction thereof over 15 seconds Naloxone
400 mcg/mL

3 mL syringe Dilute up to 2 mL 2 mL 2 mL per 3 minutes or 0.67 mL rounded to 0.7 ml 1st and 2nd minute and 0.6 mL 3rd minute
14 Furosemide (Lasix) 30 mg IV for edema. Give over 2 minutes Furosemide 10 mg per mL
3 mL syringe May be given undiluted 3 mL 3 mL over 2 minutes = 1.5 mL per minute
15 Phenobarbital sodium 120 mg IV for status epilepticus. May repeat times 3. Give 60 mg per minute Phenobarbital sodium 120 mg per 3 mL
10 mL syringe Dilute to 10 mL with SW 10 mL 10 mL over 2 minutes = 5 mL per minute

PTS: 1

22. RX: Lanoxin O.25 mL direct IV
Available: Lanoxin (digoxin) 0.5 mg per 2 mL.
Dilute to 4 mL SW. Give over 5 minutes.

a. How many mL will be given?
b. How many calibrations will the mL occupy on the syringe?
d. Flow rate in seconds per calibration?

ANS:
a. 4 mL SW
b. 20 calibrations
c. 5 minutes
d.

PTS: 1

23. How many grams of dextrose are contained in 1 L of a D5W solution?

ANS:
5 g dextrose per 100 mL  50 g per 1000 mL

PTS: 1

24. How many approximate calories of dextrose are contained in 1 L of a D5W solution?

ANS:
50 g dextrose  4 cal per g = approximately 200 calories

PTS: 1

25. What is the purpose of a TPN solution?

ANS:
The purpose of a TPN solution is to provide high calorie IV nutrition to patients unable to ingest fluids and nutrients through the alimentary tract.

PTS: 1

26. What are the typical contents of a TPN solution?

ANS:
The typical contents of a TPN solution are amino acids, electrolytes, glucose, vitamins and minerals. Lipid emulsions may be added to the order.

PTS: 1

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