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Improving Fluid Balance Charts (and Hypervolaemia v Hypovolaemia)

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
4 minutes
Provider
Ausmed

Fluid balance charts are an important piece of documentation with a poor reputation.

Despite offering valuable information that may help prevent patients from becoming seriously ill, healthcare staff are notorious for leaving them incomplete and inaccurate (Vincent & Mahendiran 2015).

Dehydration is a prevalent issue in hospitals and care settings, with many patients relying on staff to manage their fluid intake, but time constraints and inaccuracies are putting these people at risk (Litchfield, Magill & Flint 2018).

It is essential that fluid balance charts are accurately completed in order to determine a patient’s fluid input and output and identify any potential fluid loss or gain that could be detrimental, requiring escalation of care.

What is Fluid Balance?

Fluid balance, also known as fluid homeostasis, describes the balancing of the body’s fluid input and output levels to prevent the fluid concentration from changing (Payne 2017; Bannerman 2018).

In order to maintain the necessary balance of nutrients, oxygen and water, the adult body generally requires an intake of two to three litres per day, with approximately the same output (Bannerman 2018).

Delivery
Title
Improving Fluid Balance Charts (and Hypervolaemia v Hypovolaemia)
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Intravenous therapy, Professional Practice Issues
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Duration
4 minutes
Start Date
17-May-2020
End Date
17-May-2023
CPD Points
4 minutes of CPD
Price
Free
Location
Online
Price:
Free
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