Importance Of Mathematics In Healthcare

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AH1200 Course Final
Jamee` Hall
Charter College Abstract The importance of math skills and the different types and reasons that math would be used on a daily basis are what I’ll be covering within my paper. Math is essential for healthcare professionals in many ways from vital signs, to the growth or lack of growth of patients. Recording and maintaining medical record information such as the vital signs, medications, payments etc., is a huge part of math in healthcare. Without truly understanding basic math skills healthcare workers will not be able to accurately convert medications and cause errors. Knowing and understanding how to covert fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions etc. are all skills that also tie
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Ratios and proportions help healthcare professionals administer the correct amount of medication(s) to patient. Calculating the height, weight, and BMI of the patient 's will require the use of math. Ordering supplies requires the use of math. In order for the healthcare office to function daily healthcare professionals need to keep correct records and inventory daily. It is also important to know how to correctly interpret and convert fractions, percentages, ratios, decimals etc. The key reason is to avoid prescription errors. Using a "trailing zero" after a decimal point when writing a dosage can lead to medication errors. For example, writing a medication dosage as 1.0 mg may be misinterpreted as 10 mg, if the decimal point is not seen. However, a zero should always precede a decimal point. For example, a medication written as .1 mg could be misinterpreted as 1 mg if the decimal point is missed, leading to a patient receiving 10 times the amount of medicine needed. In this case, the zero should precede the decimal point, as in 0.1 mg. The rule of thumb is that a zero should precede a decimal point but not follow one when writing prescriptions. A way to remember this rule is "Always lead, never …show more content…
No one wants to works for free and every individual should be able to calculate a paycheck. Two main terms are used regarding payroll: gross pay and net pay. Gross pay represents the total amount earned for hours worked. Net Pay often called "take home pay", is the amount of money left after all deductions have been subtracted from the gross pay. To determine gross pay, multiply the wage per hour times the number of hours worked. Overtime pay is usually calculated at time and a half or double time. If overtime is one and a half, multiply the overtime hours by 1.5 and then multiply by wage per hour. For double time, multiply the overtime hours by two and then multiply by the range. To determine net pay, individual deductions must be calculated first. Most healthcare agencies use a special software programs that automatically calculate the correct federal tax deduction depending on the gross income, marital status, and number of

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