Drug Calculations for Nurses : A step-by-step approach, by Robert Lapham

By Robert Lapham

The management of medicines in hospitals has turn into more and more advanced. It occasionally contains powerful medications that could be deadly if administered incorrectly. the facility to accomplish drug calculations competently is accordingly paramount to avoid putting sufferers at risk.Drug Calculations for Nurses: A step by step procedure teaches healthcare execs tips to practice drug calculations with self assurance and Read more...

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Bring down the next number (8). 8 4 3 4 . 8 3 2 2 8 Place the decimal point in the answer (quotient) above the point in the dividend. Then start the process again: 8 . 7 4 3 4 . 8 3 2 2 8 2 8 0 4 into 28 goes 7 times. Multiply 4 × 7. Subtract 28 from 28. What do we do when both the divisor and dividend are decimals? 2 1 . 2 First make the divisor equal to a whole number; in this case, move the decimal point one place to the right. Then move the decimal point in the dividend the same number of places to the right.

0 0 It is important to place the decimal point in the correct position, usually after the number being divided (in this case it is 2). Decimals Decimals in the form of digital displays may be encountered on a regular basis – for example with infusion and syringe pumps. Understanding decimals is therefore an important part of numeracy skills. Pierce et al. 8 (because 63 is bigger than 8). Problems with decimals can lead to medication errors. 5% of cases. Similarly, another study (Doherty and McDonnell 2012) looked at tenfold medication errors – this time over a 5-year period in a paediatric hospital.

First, we will look at long multiplication and division. Long multiplication There are various methods for multiplying numbers – many based on ancient techniques. A quick Internet search will find many of these – ancient Egyptian; Russian peasant; Napier’s grids/rods or Gelosia method, and using grids or boxes. Below is the traditional method for multiplication which many of you will remember from school. It relies on splitting n ­ umbers into their individual parts (hundreds, tens and units, etc).

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