How to calculate intravenous fluid drop rate?
We will discuss here how to calculate the number of drops of fluid to be given to a patient.
We will do it by an example.
Before we look into the example we should know that 1 ml of fluid is equal to 20 drops.
Now we will begin.
Suppose we need to give a particular drug in the rate of 50ml per hour. So, how many drops should go in one minute?
Since 1 hour is equal to 60 minutes, 50/60=0.8333 ml is to be given in 1 minute
As we discussed above 1ml = 20 drops
So in this case 0.83 x 20=16.6 i.e. about 17 drops to be given in a minute