Units of measurement for mass and volume

02 September 2023
Volume 5 · Issue 9

It is important when prescribing medicines to have an understanding of how different units of measurement relate to each other.

Tables 1 and 2 describe the Standard International (SI) units that measure mass or volume that we are familiar in the context of prescribing:

The units of kilolitre and microlitre are rarely used in medicine. To convert from larger to smaller units we multiply by 1000 for each step. To convert from smaller to larger we divide by 1000.

Now try these exercises. Convert:

Check your answers on page 394

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