Practice, practice and practice. Practicing and solving few questions every day will help you. I am not the brightest when it comes to numbers. I always dreaded solving math problems but I realized you can never run away from numbers and the best way to master it is through practicing.
I solve my dosage calculations using the dimensional analysis method. The reason being is that you do not need an equation, you just need to cross out like units. I always avoided dimensional analysis but when I gave it a try, I felt like this was the easiest route. Down below I will list a few steps that I always follow when solving the questions.
- Do not let all the numbers in the question overwhelm you. Some number are there to trick you and are unnecessary.
- Read the question and write down all the values on the side.
- Look for the keyword. What is the question asking us to solve: is it mL, units, Kg, mL/hr, etc.?
- Take a deep breath.
- When solving using dimensional analysis always put the unit the question is asking for on the top.
I solved two questions from my practice packet and attached them down below. I have used all the steps and I hope this will help whoever is struggling with the dosage calculations.
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Happy calculating!! 🙂