Measuring urine output - page 3

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I am wondering what other units do in regards to keeping track of urine output. The Level III unit I work in does not measure urine output at all.... Read More


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    We weigh diapers clear through to couplet care before discharge. I agree, it's Standard of Care. The Neo's always want the last 24 hours output for the next days intake.

    We rarely do foley catheters, but we haven't use 5 fr og's since one got tied in a knot inside the the baby, and couldn't be withdrawn. Now we have a stack of Foley catheters that will expire before they are used. We have maybe one baby a year that needs a foley!
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    For us, strict I/O is the standard on admit. We'll continue it by order for anyone NPO, with cardiac/renal/glucose issues, or really any baby who might remotely need it. Once the baby is stable, we might continue doing it just because the nurses think it's a good idea. Every baby still has their number of voids and stools counted.

    We do have Foleys in 3.5 and 5fr, but we rarely use them. If anything, we end up sending them to the ER since they don't stock them.
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    I work in a Level III NICU and we record the urine output with all diapers. Doesn't matter if it's a 22 weeker or 40+ weeker.
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    We measure urine output for the first 24 hours on all admissions. After that we just do diaper checks, unless there is a renal issue. We also do strict I/O when we start certain meds like dopamine, neoprofen and steroids. We place a Foley if there are complications with output.
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    I am a nursing student in my 8th quarter. Our book is Maternal Child Nursing Care - 4th Edition (Perry). On page 1285 it states the following: The volume of fluid in milliliters is equivalent to the weight of the fluid measured in grams...or 1 gm of wet diaper weight = 1 mL urine
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    I am a nursing student in my 8th quarter. Our book is Maternal Child Nursing Care, 4th Edition (Perry). On page 1285 it states the following: "The volume of fluid in milliliters is equivalent to the weight of the fluid measured in grams".....or 1 gm of wet diaper weight = 1 mL urine. Hope this helps.
    Patsy
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    We weigh every diaper on every patient, even if the baby eats like a pro or is going home that day, and then record it under urine output in our electronic charting. We total mL/kg/hr every eight hours and are supposed to report it if it is less than 2. Some of the sicker kids have catheters, we just use a feeding tube (I think they're 5 fr) hooked up to a collection chamber.


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