Remember that decimals indicate the number is less than a whole number, or less than one. This is important to remember when selecting the correct dose of a drug to prevent overdosing the client.
For example, 0.5mg is less than, or 1/2 of, 1.0 milligrams.
Remember, when reading decimals, the number to the left of the decimal point is a whole number; the number to the right of the decimal point is a percentage of a whole number.
Number to the left of the decimal point = 1 (whole number or 100%)
Number to the right of ...