Calculating Flow Rates for Enteral and Intravenous Solutions
A patient has been admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of right upper lobe pneumonia, dehydration, and left-sided hemiparesis. Patient has a nasogastric tube in place for tube feedings. Vital signs are as follows: T 101F, P 128, R 30, BP 140/102. The attending physician wrote the following orders:
- Enteral feeding q 3 h, Sustacal 240 mL followed by 50 milliliters of sterile water.
- 400 mL 5% D 1/2 NS q 6 h IV (continuous)
- Colace 100 mg oral suspension bid vial enteral tube
- Azithromycin in oral suspension 750 mg q.d. via enteral tube
- Tylenol oral suspension 600 mg q 4 h prn for temperature above 101.8F via enteral tube
- Lasix 40 mg bid via enteral tube, oral suspension
- K-lor 40 meq packet dissolved in 40 milliliters of H2O bid.