The nursing care plan will tell you how often a patient’s height and weight should be taken. You can also ask your charge nurse at any time to see if it’s needed.
How to Perform the Skill:
Guide the patient to a chair
Wash your hands
Provide privacy for the patient by pulling the curtain closed
Ask the patient if they are dizzy, if so give them a moment to rest and offer a glass of water
If they are not dizzy ask them to stand, hold onto one arm, and assist if needed
Assist with walking to scale (continue to check in on their movements and balance)
Pause in front of scale
Zero out the scale
Assist the patient as they step up onto the scale
Weigh the patient and assist them off the scale and back to the chair
Record the patient’s weight on the sheet provided
Wash hands, place the call light in the patient’s hand and pull the curtain closed
You must clear the scale before weighing, another patient’s weight is considered private information
Always monitor the patient’s balance as they travel across the room to be weighed, continually ask the patient if they are dizzy and assist as needed
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