BODY SURFACE AREA (BSA) METHOD (USING SQUARE METERS) mg/m 2 xm 2 Give 2 mg/m 2 of medication “X” to a child with body surface area (BSA) of 0.79 m 2…

BODY SURFACE AREA (BSA) METHOD

(USING SQUARE METERS)

mg/m2   x   m2

Give 2 mg/m2 of medication “X” to a child with body surface area (BSA) of 0.79 m2.

           Answer:   2mg/m2     x   0.79 m2    = 1.58 mg = 1.6 mg

PRACTICE PROBLEM:

A child is receiving KCl 14.4 mEq/day. The recommended dose is 40 mEq/m2/day. The child’s height is 64 cm, weight is 7.2 kg, and BSA is 0.36 m2. Is the dose ordered safe?

           Answer:   40 mEq/m2   x   0.36 m2   =   14.4 mEq

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