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Calculation Task 5
A patient is prescribed Paracetamol 1 gram four times a day as required, for one week. Paracetamol is available as a 500mg tablet. How many tablets does the patient require in one week?
There are 1000mg in 1G (ie. Two tablets per dose)
Whilst the prescription is PRN (as required), when issuing medication we must assume that the patient requires their full eligible quota.
Each dose – Patient requires 2 tablets
Each day – Patient requires (2 x4) = 8 tablets
Each week – Patient requires (8 x 7) = 56 tablets