HOURLY FLUID BALANCE CHART TEMPLATE
Measuring and managing fluid balance | Nursing Times
Jul 15, 2011How frequently the fluid balance chart data should be recorded – such as hourly or two hourly – should be clearly documented. It is not acceptable practice to use shorthand. Fig 3 shows best practice when completing a fluid balance chart and Fig 4 shows an example of unacceptable practice (Smith and Roberts, 2011).
A Balancing Act: Maintaining accurate fluid balance
The fluid balance chart has been a document in the healthcare system for over 50 years and is a non-invasive tool to assess the hydration status of patients. It is a chart that documents a patients’ water input and output in a 24 hour period. The importance of this is to guide clinical decisions including medication administration and
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