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Accurate assessment of patient weight



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Measuring patient weight is considered a routine assessment that is frequently delegated to unregistered staff.

Yet patient weight is a fundamental part of nutrition assessment and may be used to calculate drug dosages and assess fluid balance.

After reading the article consider:

  • How frequently should patients by weighed?
  • How often should weighing scales in your clinical area be calibrated?
  • How would you train a member of staff to weigh patients and document the result?
  • If you cannot weigh a patient what alternatives can be used to assess their weight?

Eileen Shepherd, Clinical Commissioning Editor


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