Drug calculations part 1: a critique of the formula used by nurses
Kerri Wright Senior lecturer, University of Greenwich, London
The role of mathematics is integral to nursing practice, and careful and accurate calculations are important to help prevent medication errors. This two-part article examines different methods for solving drug calculation problems. The first part critiques the commonly taught nursing drug calculation formula. Part 2, to be published next week, explores a range of other methods that are used in practice to calculate drug dosages.
Nursing Standard. 22, 36,40-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.05.22.36.40.c6542
Published in print: 14 May 2008Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review