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Equivalent Metric Units of Capacity

Use and convert among milliliters and liters.

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Do you know why a pharmacy technician needs to understand metric units of capacity? A pharmacy technician takes a doctor’s instructions for medications and transfers the written orders into the actual medicine. Some of these medicines are in pill form, but others are in liquid form.

Why It Matters

As a pharmacy technician, understanding equivalent metric units of capacity can be one of the most important things to know. If you don’t know how many milliliters are in one liter, or that one milliliter equals one cubic centimeter (1 cc), then you could accidentally advise a client incorrectly.

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Measuring, calculating, and converting units of liquid measurement are all important tasks for a pharmacy technician. Patients must know the proper dosage of medication to take, and the pharmacy technician has the crucial responsibility of making sure they follow the correct directions.

Take a look at what can happen when equivalent metric units for capacity aren’t understood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3rzUy9eXzM

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  1. [1]^ Credit: Expert Infantry; Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/expertinfantry/5467579802/; License: CC BY-NC 3.0
  2. [2]^ Credit: MinJae Kim; Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/minjkay/9550891681/; License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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