Drug Dosing calculations

Here is a list of the resources use for dosing calculations.  The authors and publishers assume no liability with respect to completeness, accuracy or application of information within this slide card. This slide chart is intended to be a guide only in determining specific drug dosing. The clinical condition of the patient in combination with the provider's clinical judgement should always be used in the final determination of proper drug dosing and equipment use.

Medication           Dosing calculation on RSI            Data source for this calculation

Atropine                Peds: 0.02 mg/kg IV                     PALS (AHA): same dose

                            Adult: 0.5- 1 mg IV push               ACLS: 0.5 mg IVP, BMJ: larger dose for obese patients

Dilaudid                0.015 mg/ kg IV                            Medscape: same dose is using weight-based dosing

Dopamine             5 mcg/kg/minute                          Up To Date: range of 2 – 20 mcg/kg/minute

Etomidate             0.3 mg/kg                                    Up To Date: range is 0.3 – 0.6 mg/kg

Fentanyl                Peds: 1-2 mcg/kg                1-2 mcg/kg for 1-12 yo, 1-4 mcg/kg younger

                             Adults: 2 mcg/kg                         Medscape: 0.5 – 2 mcg/kg minor procedure

                                                                                                 2- 20 mcg/kg major procedure

Hydralazine          not dosed by weight                      Up To Date: same dose

Ketamine              1.5 mg/kg                                     Up to Date: 0.5 - 2 mg/kg

Labetalol              not dosed by weight                     Up To Date: same dose

Morphine              0.1 mg/kg IV                                 Medscape: same dose, max 10 mg over 100 kg weight

Nicardipine           not dosed by weight                      Medscape, Up To Date: same dose

Norepinephrine     0.05 mcg/kg/min                           Up To Date: same dose

Phenylephrine       not dosed by weight                      Medscape, Up To Date: same dose

Propofol               Peds: 2 mg/kg                               Up To Date: 1.5 – 3 mg/kg

                            Adult: 0.02 mg/kg/min                   Medscape, Up To Date: start at 0.1 - 0.2 mg/kg/min

Rocuronium           1 mg/kg                                       eMedicine, Up To Date: 0.6 – 1.2 mg/kg

Succinylcholine     1.5 mg/kg                                      eMedicine 1.5 mg/kg, Up To Date 1- 1.5 mg/kg

Vecuronium           0.09 mg/kg                                   Medscape, 0.08 - 0.1 mg/k