IV Drip Rate Calculator

Assistance in calculating accurate rates of medication administration

The global unit selector only affects unanswered questions
1.Desired Dose
2.Weight of patient
3.Drug in bag
4.Volume of fluid in bag
5.Desired IV drip rate units
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About this Calculator

This is a general formula to administer medications in a weight-based infusion rate. It is a useful tool to determine the rate of pump medication infusion to achieve therapeutic dosing.

Formula Composition

Depending on units selected, the general composition for the formula is as follows:

IV Drip Rate (mL/hour) = (60min/hr * (Desired Dose in mcg/kg/min) * (Weight in kg)* (Bag Volume in mL) / (1000 mcg/mg) * (Drug in Bag in mg)

Modifiers to this equation are dependent on units selected for each component including units of drip rate.


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Contributed By:
  • Riley Golby, MD
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