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Recording inpatient weight: implications for medicines administration
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    Journal article
  • Authors:
    Willson JSB, Thomas SJ, Mackenzie SC, Armitage AJ, Sen S, Ratliff WD, Patel A, Black SE, Chauhan SU, Robb AO, Garnham KE, Horsnell JD, Tarr GP
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    Mark Allen Group
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    16, 21
  • Journal:
    British Journal of Nursing
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Aim: To identify the proportions of hospital inpatients with recorded weights: among all patients, and among those receiving weight-dosed drug therapy. Method: Survey of clinical notes of hospital inpatients across a convenience sample of 11 secondary and tertiary referral hospitals in England and Wales in November 2011. Results: 1068 patients were included, and 1061 patient clinical notes were available (99.3%). Nearly all paediatric patients had recorded weights (77/78; 98.7%). Half of adult inpatients had recorded weights (503/983, 51.2%). The proportion of adult inpatients with recorded weights varied by hospital, ranging from 13.5% to 92.5% (p<0.0001). In those receiving gentamicin or therapeutic-dose low molecular weight heparin (t-LMWH), only 64.5% (71/110) had a recorded weight. Conclusions: Half of adult inpatients, and two-thirds of those receiving gentamicin or t-LMWH, had recorded weights. There was significant variation in rates of weighing adult inpatients across hospitals. This may put patients at increased risk of side effects and problems resulting from malnutrition.
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