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Unformatted text preview: MODULE # 11 INTAKE AND OUTPUT MEASUREMENT OBJECTIVE To be able to measure correctly and keep accurate records of patient’s fluid intake and output. THE USE OF THIS SKILL Many illnesses cause changes in the body’s ability to maintain fluid balance. Intake can be decreased as a result of anorexia, nausea, vomiting and many other conditions. Output can be altered by various disease processes in the body, especially kidney and heart problems. Many health conditions require a careful measurement of both intake and output for proper patient assessment. A record of this measurement is maintained for the use of all health team members including caregiver. INITIATING MEASUREMENT A patient’s fluid intake and fluid output may be measured for a variety of reasons. This specific information may be important to a complete and accurate assessment. The physician’s may order that intake and output be measured for any of these reasons or for diagnosis and treatment progress. Most post-operative patients and patients with indwelling catheters are these reasons or for diagnosis and treatment progress....
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This note was uploaded on 12/20/2012 for the course HEALTH 134 taught by Professor G.n during the Spring '12 term at Xavier LA.
- Spring '12