# Dosage Calculation: In a Nutshell (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes

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00:01 So, let's wrap this up Medication dosages can be ordered to be calculated based on the patient's weight, particularly in pediatric population.

00:10 So, this may require you to convert pounds to kilograms or kilograms to pounds.

00:16 There are 2.2 pounds in each kilogram.

00:19 I much prefer to see my weight in kilograms.

00:22 It makes me feel svelte.

00:24 Now, if you're going to convert pounds to kilograms, it's not as good.

00:27 You divide the pounds by 2.2.

00:29 To convert kilograms to pounds, multiply the kilograms by 2.2.

00:34 Nurses are responsible to make sure that any ordered dose is within a safe and therapeutic range for their patient.

00:41 So, you always want to calculate the correct dosage as indicated by the medication label and compare that dosage with the dosage ordered by the healthcare provider.

00:51 So, if the therapeutic range is not included on the label, then you can talk with the pharmacist.

00:55 You can look at the package insert or you can look it up on a PDR, or the healthcare system's resources.

01:02 Thank you for watching our video today.

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The lecture Dosage Calculation: In a Nutshell (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes is from the course Dosage Calculation (Nursing).

### Included Quiz Questions

1. Look at the package insert, look it up on the prescriber's digital reference (PDR), or call the pharmacist.
2. Administer the medication by estimating the therapeutic dose
3. Use a search engine to look up the dosage online
4. Refuse to administer the medication and request that the prescriber order a different medication

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