NCLEX : Dosage

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Example Question #11 : Pharmacology

The physician orders digoxin  PO QID. The label states:

How many tablets will the nurse administer to the patient for one dose?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

First convert  to the same units as the available tablets.

The nurse will administer 1 tab of  digoxin to this patient to fulfill the order of  digoxin.

Example Question #11 : Nclex

The nurse reads orders set by the primary care provider. She has prescribed 6,000 units of heparin Q6H SC for the patient. The label on the heparin vial reads . How many milliliters will the nurse administer to the patient?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

First, establish the ordered dose of 6,000 units. The heparin label reads that . Use dimensional analysis to solve this problem.

Example Question #11 : Pharmacology

The nurse prepares to administer medications to his patients. One order reads  of potassium iodide for expectoration. The label on the medication reads

How many milligrams are contained in this dose?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

First, convert the ordered dose to the units listed on the available medication. 

Then, use this proportion to find the dosage in milligrams.

Example Question #11 : Pharmacology

The nurse prepares an order of  ampicillin IM Q8H. The medication is available in powdered form to be reconstituted with sterile water. The vial contains  ampicillin and instructs the nurse to reconstitute with  of sterile water to obtain a concentration of  ampicillin per milliliter. How many milliliters will the nurse administer per dose?Round to nearest tenth.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Use the proportion  ampicillin per milliliter to find the amount of milliliters the nurse will administer per dose. The ordered amount is  ampicillin.

Example Question #21 : Nclex

The nurse prepares an order of  atropine IM. The label on the available medication reads  atropine per . How many milliliters will the nurse administer? 

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Use the concentration of the available medication to find the answer. The ordered dose is  and the concentration proportion is .

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