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## Unit 21

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1. Unit 21 Measuring 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. Objectives • Describe 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 condition • Baseline measurements of height and weight • Usually obtained upon admission • These are usually noted on the Cardex

5. Weight and Height Measurements • Weights • Frequently 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 status • Measurements of weight and height • Record accurately according to facility policy • Medications may be ordered according to each patient’s size

7. Weight and Height Measurements • Height measurements • Feet (′) • Inches (″) • Centimeters(cm) • Weight measurements • Pounds (lb) • Kilograms (kg)

8. Scales • Upright scale • Mechanical lift with scale • Sling scale • Chair scale

9. Reading the Balance Scale • For an accurate value • Balance bar must hang freely when you begin • Lower bar • Measures in 50 pound increments • Upper bar • Measures in ¼ pound increments

10. Reading the Balance Scale • Short, numbered lines • Represent even number pounds • Long, unnumbered lines • Represent odd pounds

11. Reading the Balance Scale • Add the values of the upper and lower bars together • Refer to Figure 21-5