+ Unit Conversion Example n You are a medical doctor. You have a patient that has an underactive thyroid gland, which means she is feeling fatigued and is at risk for serious medical problems in the future, such as heart disease, if it isn’t managed. n To treat underactive thyroid, you give synthetic thyroid hormone. The optimal dosage is 1.7 μg/kg. However, the pills only come in mg, and you only know the weight of your patient in lbs. n Keep in mind that if you underdose her, she will continue to have symptoms and possible die of a heart condition later in life. n If you overdose her, she will have insomnia and heart palpitations. n It is important that you can do unit conversion so that you can properly treat your patient.
+ Unit Conversion Example n In the coursebook, you’ll find that 1000μg = 1 mg, and that 1 pound = 0.4536 kg. Your patient weighs 130 pounds. n Here is how I did it: