# Math for Allied Health

MTH 117## Course Description

Prerequisite: MATH LEVEL 3. Reviews (very briefly) fractions, decimals, percentages, and proportions. Includes a study of the metric system and the household system with applications in converting from one system to another. Emphasizes applications including those involved in giving medications and in finding times and various rates for intravenous feedings. (30-0)

## Outcomes and Objectives

### Demonstrate the ability to perform operations with fractions.

#### Objectives:

- Change improper fractions to mixed numbers and mixed numbers to improper fractions.
- Reduce fractions to lowest terms.
- Multiply and divide fractions.
- Compare fraction values.

### Demonstrate the ability to assess the accuracy of dosages.

#### Objectives:

- Calculate a patient's body surface area.
- Use a patient's weight to calculate a dosage.
- Use a patient's body surface to calculate a dosage.
- Assess the accuracy of dosage on the basis of a patient's weight.
- Assess the accuracy of a dosage on the basis of a patient's body surface area.

### Demonstrate the ability to perform operations with decimals.

#### Objectives:

- Read and write decimals.
- Round decimal numbers to a given place value.
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimal numbers.
- Compare decimals values.
- Change fractions and mixed numbers to decimal equivalents.

### Demonstrate the ability to work with proportions.

#### Objectives:

- Solve and check proportions.
- Use proportions to solve applied problems.

### Demonstrate the ability to work with percents.

#### Objectives:

- Change a percent to a fraction.
- Change a fraction to a percent.
- Change a fraction to a decimal.
- Change a decimal to percent.
- Compare fractions, decimals, and percents.
- Use percents to solve applied problems.

### Demonstrate the ability to work with metric and household units.

#### Objectives:

- Read and write units (including abbreviations) in the metric and household systems.
- Convert within the metric system.
- Convert between household and metric units.
- Solve practical problems involving metric and household units.

### Demonstrate the ability to interpret labels:

#### Objectives:

- Read drug labels and identify trade and generic names.
- Interpret labels involving units, percentages, ratios, and milliequivalents.
- Locate dosage strengths and calculate dosages.

### Demonstrate the ability to read syringe calibrations.

#### Objectives:

- Identify the amount of solution in a syringe.
- Draw an arrow or shade a syringe barrel to indicate level of a required dosage.

### Demonstrate the ability to calculate oral and parenteral dosages.

#### Objectives:

- Calculate dosage of tablets and capsules.
- Calculate dosages of oral solutions.
- Calculate dosages of injectable drugs.
- Work practical problems involving drug dosages.

### Demonstrate the ability to do calculations involving intravenous fluids.

#### Objectives:

- Interpret IV fluid abbreviations.
- Calculate various rates of flow for IV fluids.
- Calculate the running time for IV fluids.
- Work practical problems involving IV fluids.