A order is received to administer 500 ml of saline to run in over 5 hours. Using a micro drip administration set that delivers 60 drops per one milliliter, at how many drops per minute will you set to your administration to drop?
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First calculate mL/hr by dividing the total volume by the
number of hours to be infused.
500ml / 5 hours = 100ml/hr
Next is to calculate the drip rate per minute.
(100ml/hr x 60 (drip factor)) / 60 minutes = 100gtts/ min
Therefore you would set your administration to drip around 100 drops a minute.
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