how does your unit handle weighing pts? Our standing policy is daily weights for all pts. We have about half our beds that actually have scales, for all the rest we have to put the pt in a sling scale. It can be painful for the pt and dangerous in my opinion. Occasionally I've refused to use the sling scale on a pt when I felt it was too dangerous. We routinely have pts come back from the OR on a non-weighing bed and are expected to get them into the sling scale.
What frustrates me is that we do strict I/O on every pt, and we DO NOT use the new daily weight to adjust drips. I've yet to get a straight answer on why we get weights if we aren't going to use them. When writing orders the md's use the admit weight only. Sure you can glance at the weight at see if there was a big gain or loss overnight, but you can do the exact same by looking at the I/O for the 24h, right? That seems more accurate to me than the weight anyway, because I don't believe that other nurses always pay attention to what the bed was zero'd with to begin with.
I know its a big source of frustration for staff because the lack of weighing beds/kids being forced to use the sling scale is upsetting to pts and families. We've had numerous unplanned extubations during weighing too.
What does your unit do? Do you use the weight to recalculate gtts or for new orders?