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1. Your patient is admitted from the Emergency Department with a dopamine infusion running at 16 ml/hour. The dopamine bag is labeled as 400 mg dopamine in 500 D2W. Your patient weighs 50 kg.
Calculate the dose the patient is receiving. Your answer should be in mcg/kg/minute.

2. Patient is an 18-month-old experiencing profound bradycardia and
hypotension.
Physician Order: Epinephrine 0.15 mcg/kg/min
Pharmacy Supply: Epinephrine 16 mg in 250 D5W
Patient Weight: 13 kg
Calculate the rate to the nearest tenth. Your answer should be in
milliliters per hour (ml/hr).
3. Patient is a 58-year-old experiencing symptomatic ventricular
tachycardia
Physician's Order: Start Amiodarone infusion at 50 mg/hour.
Pharmacy Supply: Amiodarone 900 mg in 250 D5W
Patient Weight: 65 kg
Calculate the IV rate to the nearest whole number. Your answer
should be in milliliters per hour (ml/hr).
4. Patient is a 20-year-old experiencing profound bradycardia and
hypotension.

Physician's Order: Epinephrine 3 mcg/min IV infusion
Pharmacy Supply: Epinephrine 16 mg in 500 ml D5W
Patient Weight: 66 kg

Calculate the rate to the nearest whole number. Your answer should
be in milliliters per hour (ml/hr).

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1. Your patient is admitted from the Emergency Department with a dopamine infusion running at 16 ml/hour. The dopamine bag is labeled as 400 mg dopamine in 500 D2W. Your patient weighs 50 kg.
Calculate the dose the patient is receiving. Your answer should be in mcg/kg/minute.

Since dose=rate*concentration, and 1 mg = 1,000 mcg,

=4.27 (mcg/kg/minute.)

2. Patient is an 18-month-old experiencing profound ...

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