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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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