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In intravenous therapy, an infusion system that delivers 60 drops/mL that is used when small volumes are being delivered (e.g., less than 50 mL/hour); this reduces the risk of blood clotting in the intravenous line due to slow infusion rates. When using the microdrip system, the IV drip calculation is thus: drops/minute = mL/hour.
[G. mikros, small]
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