Article
Premium

Improving Fluid Balance Charts (and Hypervolaemia v Hypovolaemia)

CPDTime.
4m of CPD
Dehydration is a prevalent issue in hospitals and care settings, with many patients relying on staff to manage their fluid intake. However, fluid balance charts used to determine patients' fluid input and output are notorious for being left incomplete and inaccurate.

What's included in this resource?

  • CPDTime.
    4m of CPD
  • Article
  • 3 Assessment Questions

What is this article about?

Fluid balance charts are an important piece of documentation with a poor reputation. Despite offering valuable information that may help prevent a patient from becoming seriously ill, healthcare staff are notorious for leaving them incomplete and inaccurate.

Ausmed resource artwork

Learning you'll love

An Ausmed Subscription will unlock access to 1,000+ learning resources. High quality education helps you provide high quality care.

Find out more

Contents

Test Your Knowledge

  • 3 Assessment Questions

Document and reflect on your learning

  • CPDTime.
    4m of CPD

Meet the educator

educator profile image
Ausmed
Editorial Team
Ausmed’s editorial team is committed to providing high-quality, well-researched and reputable education to our users, free of any commercial bias or conflict of interest. All education produced by Ausmed is developed in consultation with healthcare professionals and undergoes a regular rigorous review process to ensure the relevancy of all healthcare information and updates to changes in practice. If you have identified an issue with the education offered by Ausmed or wish to submit feedback to Ausmed's editorial team, please email ausmed@ausmed.com.au with your concerns.
View Profile

What do others think?

1066 reviews by Ausmed Learners
Sort by
Highest Rated
Lowest Rated
Most Recent
BH
Bernadette Hearn
21 May 2020
A great refresher of the importance of completing the charts ensuring accuracy.
AR
Allan Roe
10 Dec 2021
Interesting topic, not always seem as important by some and frustrating when a nurse has put in a fluid balance when one is not required, interesting statistics
DN
Diane Noble
25 May 2020
Very good. Imformative.
MS
MARILYN SCANLAN
09 Oct 2020
Very short article
SG
Sara Galofaro
08 Oct 2020
I enjoyed it, and the information is easy to read and extremely relevant to all nurses!
Portrait of Ruth
 Medrano
Ruth Medrano
10 Dec 2021
It is timely and relevant to this heat of the summer weather . Eye opener , not all care ensure hydration , really a need for patient to apply hydration care as daily routine in summer time .
Portrait of Mavi Giacomello
Mavi Giacomello
07 Aug 2021
Enjoyed the review
GP
Glenis Patience
10 Dec 2021
Information was relevant to my area of employment and it helps reinforce the knowledge I have and helped gain more knowledge
GG
Gaynor George
11 Jan 2022
Some useful knowledge moving forward with educating staff on my ward.
LD
Lina Davern
18 May 2020
completely fluid balance charts need to be completed accurately.
4.5 / 5
1 star
0%
2 star
2%
3 star
9%
4 star
29%
5 star
60%

Here's some further inspiration

Practice Areas

Ausmed Premium

To access this resource, sign up for Ausmed Premium. With Premium, you’ll have unlimited access to everything you need to take your education and care to the next level.

Looking for something else?

Discover more learning

Sometimes I find it really hard to make time for my learning, but I was blown away by how easy it is with the Ausmed app. I can fit it in during breaks or on the bus to work.

- Maria, Registered Nurse