First, determine the dosage given milligrams/hour (mg/hr).
- R = Rate
- A = Dose available
- V = Volume of dose available
Next, convert dosage from mg/hr to microgram/minute (mcg/min).
- D = Dose (mg)
A patient is on a norepinephrine drip infusing at 56 mL/hr. There is no titration table table at the bedside. The IV bag is labeled 32 mg norepinephrine in 500 mL Dextrose 5%. How many mcg/min is the patient receiving?
- Rate = 56 mL
- Dose available = 32 mg
- Volume of dose available = 500 mL
The patient's dosage is 3.58 mg/hr. Next, convert dosage from 3.58 mg/hr to mcg/min.
- Dose (mg) = 3.58 mg
The patient's norepinephrine dosage is 59.73 mcg/min which is a higher than recommended dose!!!