How many mL of the prescribed solution should the nurse infuse each hour?

Loc weighs 14 pounds. The HCP prescribes an IV infusion of 5% dextrose
in 1/4 normal saline to be infused at 8mL/kg/hr.

How many mL of the prescribed solution should the nurse infuse each hour?

 

The short answer is 50.80 mL/hr

Step-by-step expert answer:

The prescription is using kg for the mass unit while the weight use pounds.

We have to change the weight unit into kilograms to calculate the dose of the IV infusion.

The type of solution should not have any influence on the calculation.

If one kilogram is equal to 0.0.453592 pounds, the calculation will be:

14 pounds * (0.0.453592 kg/ pounds) * 8mL/kg/hr=

6.35 kg * 8mL/kg/hr= 50.80 mL/hr