Drug Dosage Calculations - Level 2

The Mandatory Training Group
Delivery Method: e-Learning

Who drug calculations training course for?

The Mandatory Training Group’s drug calculations eLearning course should be completed by all healthcare and social care staff who are responsible for calculating drug dosages and administering medicines. This includes nurses, allied health professionals (ahps), healthcare assistants and support workers. This drug dosage calculations training course is also relevant for domiciliary care workers and health and social care support worker who work for charities, nursing and residential home staff.

This online drug calculations training course covers the main points relating to the safe and accurate calculation of drug dosages in hospital and community settings. It has additional online learning resources that provide more details for learners to refer to during the course and in practice.

Course aims and objectives

On completion of this drug calculations online course, the learner will:
  • Understand the need for basic arithmetical skills in drug calculations and demonstrate competency in this area using interactive exercises
  • Avoid drug errors by adopting a standardised approach to drug dose calculations, including converting between different SI units
  • Ultimately prevent patient injury or harm as a consequence of drug errors
  • know how to record and report drug dosage errors in practice

What is covered in this online course?

This online drug dosage calculations e-learning course covers the following:

  • Introduction to drug dosage calculations
  • Why are drug calculations important?
  • Double-checking calculations
  • Numeracy and drug calculations
  • S.I. units of measurement
  • Commonly used abbreviations for drug calculations
  • Top tips about drug calculations and administration
  • Converting units of weight and volume
  • Drug dosage calculations and conversions
  • Converting drug measurements
  • Converting units of weight and volume
  • Standard dosage calculations
  • Calculating drug concentrations
  • Worked calculations of drug concentrations
  • Ratios for drug calculations
  • Worked out examples of ratios
  • Calculating oral doses in tablets
  • Worked calculations of oral doses in tablets
  • Drugs in liquid form
  • Worked out examples of drugs in liquid form
  • Calculating oral doses for children and neonates
  • Worked calculations of oral doses for children and neonates
  • Calculating IV drug doses
  • Worked calculation of IV drug doses
  • Calculating drip rates for gravity flow infusions
  • Worked out calculations of drip rates for gravity flow infusions
  • Calculating infusion rates for infusion devices
  • Worked calculations of infusion rates for infusion devices
  • Calculating rates for syringe drivers
  • Worked examples of calculating rates for syringe drivers
  • Calculating IV drug doses for children and neonates
  • Worked calculation of IV drug doses for children and neonates
  • Summary
  • Key points to remember
  • Online course assessment

        Assessment and certification

        At the end of this online drug dosage calculation training course, learners will be required to complete an online assessment. On successful completion of the knowledge test (80% pass mark), learners will be able to download a FREE CPD certificate that is valid for one year.

        Course accreditation

        The content of this online drug dosage calculations training course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines..

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