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1 Weight Equipment Used: Standard platform scales Electronic scales Bathroom scales Chair scales for client’s unable to weight bear. 1

2 Weight METHOD: Remember – the assessment screens for abnormal weight changes The patient’s weight will vary daily due to fluid loss or retention. Before measurement the nurse asks the patient:- Their current weight and height If there has been any recent weight loss or gains – may indicate fluid retention. If a change exists the nurse assesses the:- Amount Period of time over which the change has occurred Change of dietary habits, appetite Change of prescription or self directed medication Change in physical symptoms 2

3 Weight Nurse should also note any patient concerns about weight loss or body image (eg never feeling thin enough regardless of weight loss) An unusually strict calorie intake, laxative abuse, or excessive exercise could be warning signs of anorexia or bulimia. Patients should be weighed – - at the same time of day on the same scales in the same state of dress eg cotton pyjamas to allow objective comparisons of subsequent weights. Document and report 3

4 BMI BMI = BODY MASS INDEX Calculate Weight Height squared 62 kg 1.6 mt x 1.6 mt = 2.56 = BMI


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