Nurses need to facilitate the safe and accurate administration of medicines. To do this they need to carry out basic drug calculations.
This series of workshops (and materials) have been created in order to help students understand the basic maths required in order to carry out those drug calculations.
Session 1: Multiplication and Conversion
Session 2: Fractions
Session 3: Oral Medication and injections
Session 4: Infusion Rates (Please note: 1st year students do not need to attend session 4)
The process of drug calculations involves arithmetic which deals with the study of numbers. This session will cover:
The arithmetic of fractions is very important groundwork for the calculation of quantity of drugs given to patients. This session will cover:
This workshop will cover how to apply the techniques learned in the previous two sessions to calculate the amount of doses for injections and syrups. It will include:
Drugs are administered via several routes, including by intravenous infusion. This workshop will cover how to apply the techniques learned in previous sessions to flow rates, including worked examples for per minute and per hour drip rates by using 3 different formulae.
Mubashar (the Maths Advisor) offers bookable 1:1 tutorials and he can see small groups of students at a time in these tutorial slots. If students want to meet him as a group, please let him know in the notes field when booking. Students can book tutorials with Mubashar online (Please note that you will need your Teesside University email address).
Test your arithmetic skills before coming to a tutorial or a workshop, so that you can pinpoint the areas where you need to improve. Have a go at:
You can print out your results as a record of how you've got on.
Watch these easy to understand tutorials from 'MathTutor'. Each tutorial takes 15 to 20 minutes and explains the basic math concepts you will need to help you in calculating drug dosages.
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