I am doing a project on Intake and Output and have to do a presentation to my floor because we are starting to do flowsheets (in addition to computers), which are not part of legal documentation however it is to help people to do their I&O's more. I don't need to hear why we shouldn't do this... i want to ask "Why are strict I&O's important" on a cardiac floor and in general?
Why I&O's are important?
Everyone has a role RN, PCA's, UC's
Determine medical treatment of a patient; could affect ordering of medications
Gauges fluid balance
Specific diagnoses that require strict monitoring of intake and output
-Risk for ICP
Indication of nourishment and hydration
Dehydrated from diarrhea/vomiting/decreased PO intake
Overhydrated from increased PO intake
Daily Weights; corresponds with I&O. If weight increases very often the medical team will look at the I&O's to see if there is a correlation
Prevent double documentation or no documentation
If there are any more you can think of that would be great!!! thank you