I'll throw a major curve ball at those who always want to be right. This is a medical math problem and I'll give you the equations, lets see how you can follow directions. I have the answer so it's indisputable. Ready??
You're responsible for starting a Diltazem drip, using microtubing, for a 200lb male. He just had a bolus of Diltazem to control his heart rate. Protocol states that you are to mix 20mg in a 150mL bag of D5W and deliver at a rate of 5mg/hr.
1. How many mL must be added to the bag from the vial? Your vial concentration is 125mg/25mL (5mg/mL).
2. How many mL per hour will be delivered?
3. How many drops per minute would be necessary if your pump fails?
Here are your formulas. You figure out how and which order to use them:
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