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1 MOST COMMON METRIC UNITS USED IN THE MEDICAL FIELD Micro (mc) microgram 0 6 One millionth Milli (m) milligram milliliter* millimeter 0 3 One thousandth 0.00 Centi (c) centimeter 0 2 One hundredth 0.0 Deci (d) deciliter 0 One tenth 0.,,, of the base unit of the base unit of the base unit of the base unit BASE gram (g) 0 0 One times the base unit liter (L) meter (m) Kilo (k) kilogram 0 3 Thousand,000,000 times the base unit *cc = ml Kilo THE METRIC STAIRCASE hecto deca *BASE deci centi milli King Henry Died (from a) Disease Called Mumps. (k) (h) (da) gram (g) (d) (c) (m) liter (L) meter (m) To convert from one unit of measurement to the other, move the decimal to the right or left and add the appropriate zeros. Example: dg =? kg To go from deci to kilo you move the decimal 4 places to the left Therefore, dg = kg Page 7/9/2

2 Example: 0 hl =? ml To go from hecto to milli you move the decimal 5 places to the right Therefore, 0 hl =,000,000 ml Try: Convert each of the following:. 2,000 mg = g 5. 5 L = ml 2. 6 hl = dl km = mm kg = g cl = hl dam = cm cg = kg Compare each measurement with <, >, or = cm 6 m. 5 g 508 mg 0.,500 ml.5 L cm 53.6 dm THE APOTHECARY SYSTEM OF WEIGHTS AND MEASUREMENTS Unit Weight Metric Weight Household System grain (gr)* 60 mg drop (gtt) 5 grain g or,000 mg dram (Ʒ) 60 grains 4g teaspoon (t) = 5 cc = 60 gtt 4 drams tablespoon (T) = 3 t ounce ( 8 drams 30 g 2 tablespoons 2 ounces 360 g 2.2 pounds kg *Use this unit if working with grain RATIOS AND PROPORTIONS A ratio is a comparison of two numbers. The first number represents the quantity chosen and the second number represents the total quantity. A ratio can be expressed in the forms: numerator to denominator numerator : denominator Notice that the last expression is a fraction! Page 2 7/9/2

3 Example: There are 49 nurses, 69 doctors, and 230 patients in a hospital. Find the ratios: Nurses to doctors: 49 to : 69 Doctors to patients: 69 to : 230 which reduces to: 3 to 0 3 : 0 Patients to nurses: 230 to : 49 Patients to doctors and nurses: 230 to : 28 which reduces to: 5 to 09 5 : 09 Notice that the first number corresponds to the first word. On the first example, the ratio was nurses to doctors. If the question had been doctors to nurses, the numbers would have been reversed, giving the ratios: Doctors to nurses: 69 to : 49 On the last example, since it is asking patients to doctors AND nurses, you must add the number of doctors to the number of nurses to get the denominator. Try: Find the ratios given the information (do not forget to reduce, if possible): 39 syringes, 93 band aids, 26 aspirin, and 7 cotton swabs 3. Syringes to cotton swabs: 4. Band Aids to syringes: 5. Syringes to aspirin and band aids: 6. Cotton Swabs to all the items: 7. Band aid and syringes to cotton swabs and aspirin: EQUIVALENTS USING RATIOS AND PROPORTIONS When you are working with one unit of measurement and you want to find its equivalent to another unit of measurement, you can set up proportions. A proportion is just two ratios that are equal to each other. Be sure that the same units of measurement are in the numerator and the same units of measurement are in the denominator. Page 3 7/9/2

4 Example: 45 gr =? mg Determine if you can set up a ratio using gr and mg. According to the apothecary system, 5 gr =,000 mg Set up your ratios: = (Notice the numerators have grain as the units!)? 000 Solving for proportions: use cross multiplication 45? (45 gr)(000 mg) = (5 gr)(?) (45)(000 mg) = (5)(?) Divide by gr on both sides (they cancel out) (45000 mg) = 5? Multiply 3000 mg =? Divide both sides by 5 Example: gr =? mg Determine if you can set up a ratio using gr and mg. According to the apothecary system, gr = 60 mg. Set up your ratios and cross multiply: = 200 Notice that the numerator on the first ratio is ( gr)(60mg) = ( gr)(?)? 60 grain and the denominator is?. ( )(60mg) = ()(?) mg =? Divide by gr on both sides Multiply.3 mg =? Divide 200 by 60 Try: Find each equivalent: (Round to the nearest hundredth, if needed.) 8. 5 drops = mg drams = t 9. 6 ounces = T lbs = kg grams = ounces drams = T 2. kg = lbs Page 4 7/9/2

5 Sometimes you may not know a conversion, so you may have to set up more than one set of ratios. Example: How many seconds are in a day? You want your answer in seconds per day so you have to work from the seconds units to the day units. We know there are 60 seconds/minute, 60 minutes/hour, and 24 hours/day. (We are using the / symbol to indicate per.) Writing these as ratios, we have: Because you want seconds/day, the seconds will be in the numerator and you will end with day in the denominator. You will notice that the minute units and hour units will cancel out Multiplying the ratios, you will get: X X = 86,400 sec/day Try: 26. How many ounces are in a gallon of milk? Helpful hints: cup = 8 ounces 4 quarts = gallon pint = 6 ounces quart = 2 pints SOLVING DRUG CALCULATIONS USING THE FORMULA METHOD To determine the amount of medication to be administered to a patient, you must use the formula method. X (conversion ratio(s)) X = Volume to Administer NOTE: The conversion ratio(s) are not always needed. Example: Order: 40 mg Supply: 00 mg/ml (00 mg per ml) X =.4 ml No conversation ratios were necessary since both the order and supply were in the same units (mg). Page 5 7/9/2

6 Example: Order: 0.75 g Available: 250 mg/ml X X = 3 ml This required a conversion ratio since the order was given in grams and the available unit was in milligrams. You could eliminate this step by using the Metric Staircase and converting.75 g to 750 mg by moving the decimal 3 places to the right. Then the formula would look like: X = 3 ml Example: Order: 0 mg Available: 5 mg/5ml 0 5 X 5 = 0 ml Try: Determine the amount of each medication to be administered. (Keep in fraction form, if needed.) 27. Order: 500 mg Available: 250 mg/5 ml 28. Order: 0.35 g Available: 25 mg/5 ml 29. Order: 0.25 g Available: 0.75 g/.5 cc 30. Order:.375 g Available: 500 mg/cc 3. Order: grains Available: grains/tablet ml ml cc cc tablet(s) 32. Order: grains Available: How many drams? 33. Order: 500 mg Available: g/ t grains/ 5 drops drams t Page 6 7/9/2

7 34. Order: 7 mg Available: 02 mg/2 T How many teaspoons? t 35. Order: 000 mg Available: 0.25 g/2 t How many tablespoons? T 36. Order: 0.5 g Available: 250 mg/5 cc How many teaspoons? t 37. Order: 3 mg Available: grain/t How many drams? drams Example: Sometimes dosages are determined by the body weight of the patient. To convert from pounds to kilograms, you need to divide by 2.2, then multiply by the dosage: Body Weight (lb) 2.2 = Body Weight (kg) Body Weight (kg) X ordered dosage = Dosage to give *When given the kg, multiply by 2.2. A person s weight is 54 lb. The ordered dosage is 5 mg/kg of body weight X 5 mg = 350 mg (It s a ratio!) Try: Determine the body weight and the dose for each person: (Round to the nearest tenth, if needed.) 38. Susan: 2 lb = kg Dosage ordered: 3.5 mg/kg of body weight = 39. Frank: 80.4 lb = kg Dosage ordered: 2.2 mg/kg of body weight = 40. Sam: 65 kg = lb Dosage ordered: 0.5 mg/kg of body weight = Page 7 7/9/2

8 ANSWERS TO METRIC AND RATIOS/PROPORTIONS WORKSHEETS. 2 g mg 2. 6,000 dl 22..5t or 2 t 3. 98,000 g kg 4. 56,000 cm T 5. 5,000 ml lb 6. 04,000,000 mm oz hl ml kg ml 9. < = 30.. > 3. cc cc tablet(s) 2. = 32. dram to 7, 39:7, 33. t to 39, 93:39, reduced: 3 to 3, 3:3, to 9, 39:9, 6. 7 to 229, 7:229, to 97, 32:97, 34. t T t 37. dram kg, 92.5 (dose) mg kg, 80.4 (dose) 9. 2 T lb, 32.5 (dose) oz Page 8 7/9/2

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