This course will develop the practitioner's skill in solving medication dosage problems.
A basic understanding and application of pre-algebra should already exist. This includes:
- Understanding the language of Algebra.
- Solving addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication of whole numbers.
- Solving operations with fractions.
If you do not meet these prerequisites please review chapters 1 - 4 of Prealgebra.
- Discuss the importance of accurate dosing.
- Solve equations with decimals including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division operations.
- Solve equations with the requirement of rounding decimals.
- Convert units from one unit of measurement to another.
- Examine prescriptions for required information to solve dosage calculations.
- Solve doses to provide based on prescriptions.
- Examine prescriptions for required information to solve infusion rates.
- Solve infusion rates based on prescriptions.
- What Happens When the Math is Wrong?
- Converting Units
- Calculating Doses
- Drip Rates
This course is delivered online through independent study and forum participation. Student support will be provided online through a help forum by peers and instructors.
All materials are provided online and free of charge. It is recommended to have a pencil, eraser, notepad, and calculator.
Delivery is done through a combination of text, images, and videos. The videos are supplementary to the text. A consistent internet connection is recommended, especially if you wish to watch the videos.
This course will take approximately 3 hours to complete.
The text in this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. If you would like to use this material, please provide attribution as follows: Richmond, J. (2016). https://www.ceces.ca/courses/med-math/. Continuing Education Centre for Emergency Services.