Presentation on theme: "Measuring Height and Weight"— Presentation transcript:
1 Measuring Height and Weight Unit 21Measuring Height and Weight
2 Objectives Spell and define terms. Explain why having an accurate height and weight for each patient is important.Describe and demonstrate how to weigh the patient on a standing balance scale, chair scale, wheelchair scale, digital scale, and bed scale.
3 ObjectivesDescribe and demonstrate how to measure a patient’s height using a standing balance scale.Describe and demonstrate how to measure a patient using a tape measure and explain when this type of measurement is necessary.
4 Weight and Height Measurements Changes in weight are frequently used as an indicator of a patient’s conditionBaseline measurements of height and weightUsually obtained upon admissionThese are usually noted on the Cardex
5 Weight and Height Measurements WeightsFrequently measured when patients are given drugs to increase their urine output
6 Weight and Height Measurements Weight is an indicator of the patient’s nutritional statusMeasurements of weight and heightRecord accurately according to facility policyMedications may be ordered according to each patient’s size
15 Measuring the Bedfast Patient Straighten the bottom sheet so it is free from wrinklesMake a small mark with your pen on the sheet at the top of the patient’s head
16 Measuring the Bedfast Patient With the tape measure, carefully measure the patient’s body from the head to the heelsMake a mark on the sheet at the heelsTurn the patient on his or her sideMeasure the distance between the marks on the sheet
17 Measuring the Contracted Patient If the patient is contracted in the fetal positionObtain height in two or three segmentsPosition patient in side-lying position
18 Measuring the Contracted Patient Measure from top of head to waistMeasure from waist to behind kneesMeasure from behind knees to bottom of heelsWrite down all numbersAdd all numbers to obtain total height measurement