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Critical Care Intravenous Drug Calculation: Drill and Practice

This learning activity was created by Jeanne Sewell, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Georgia College & State University. It utilizes learning resources developed by Sharon Kumm, Nadine Salmon and Lori Constantine, and Jewett Johnson.
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This health science learning activity is designed to give the learner confidence and skill with calculation critical care intravenous (IV) medication rates using a controller or pump. The learning material is introduced using tutorial style examples, an interactive Excel worksheet with formulas to enable the student to check their answers, and interactive gaming activities (fact cards , flash cards, Pick-a-letter, Fill-in-the-blank, and glossary). After completion of practice, the student applies knowledge by completing an interactive multiple-choice quiz.

The learning resource is designed to complement textbook information and classroom presentations.

Learning Goals

  1. Describe the rationale for use of IV controllers and pumps when administering critical care IV medications.
  2. Demonstrate competency when converting milligrams (mg) to micrograms (mcg).
  3. Analyze drug orders to determine safe dose ranges using a drug handbook.
  4. Demonstrate competency in calculating critical care infusion rates for IV pumps and controllers.

Context for Use

Description and Teaching Materials

This learning activity provides drill and practice experience for calculation of critical IV medication rates. The activity is available in two formats. One format is a printed quiz formatted using Microsoft Word. The instructor can use the quiz as is, or make medications. The recommended format is a Flash module, which is a zipped file that can be uploaded to an online learning management system, uploaded to a web page, or simply viewed in a web browser. The Flash module includes flash cards, fact cards, pick-a-letter, fill-in-the-blank, a glossary and an interactive multiple-choice quiz items written at the application and analysis taxonomy levels.

Teaching Notes and Tips


Learning can be assessed in several ways.

References and Resources

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