A client with sepsis and hypotension is being treated with dopamine - ProProfs Discuss

# A client with sepsis and hypotension is being treated with dopamine (Inotropin). The nurse asks a colleague to double-check the dosage that the client is receiving. There are 400 mg of dopamine in 250 ml, the infusion pump is running at 23 ml/hour, and the client weighs 79.5 kg. How many micrograms per kilogram per minute is the client receiving? Record your answer using two decimal places. Answer: ___ mcg/ml/minute

A. 7.71

This question is part of cardiovascular disorders (part 1)

#### John Smith

John Smith

1. 7.71-the correct answer is 7.71.\r\n\r\nrationale: first, calculate how many micrograms per milliliter of dopamine are in the bag: 400 mg/250 ml = 1.6 mg/ml\r\nnext, convert milligrams to micrograms:\r\n1.6 mg/ml 1,000 mcg/mg = 1,600 mcg/ml\r\nlastly, calculate the dose: 1,600 mcg/ml 23 ml/hour/79.5 kg\r\n79.5 kg/60 minutes/hour = 7.71 mcg/kg/minute\r\n\r\nclient needs category: physiological integrity\r\nclient needs subcategory: pharmacological and parenteral therapies\r\ncognitive level: analysis\r\n\r\nreference: karch, a.m. focus on nursing pharmacology, 4th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2007, p. 57.