Journal article

Estimation of fluid status changes in critically ill patients: Fluid balance chart or electronic bed weight?

Antoine G Schneider, Ian Baldwin, Elke Freitag, Neil Glassford, Rinaldo Bellomo

JOURNAL OF CRITICAL CARE | W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2012

Abstract

PURPOSE: Monitoring of fluid balance (FB) can be achieved by subtracting recorded fluid output from input or by measuring changes in body weight (BW). The latter approach is difficult in the critically ill. Recently, hospital beds have become available with the ability to directly weigh patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) patients directly. We sought to compare FB estimates obtained by these 2 methods in a cohort of critically ill patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between November 2010 and May 2011, all patients admitted in our ICU for more than 2 consecutive days and nursed on a Hill-Rom (Batesville, Ind) Total Care bed were weighed daily at midnight hours. Fluids charting was done by ..

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