Weighing wet diapers: a new approach to measure infant output

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Nursing
Department Nursing
Author Bohnen, Mollyn Villareal
Title Weighing wet diapers: a new approach to measure infant output
Date 1971-06
Description Accurate measurement of fluid losses is important in infant patients, especially in burn cases. Indwelling catheters, urine collection bas and other commonly used methods of continuous urine collection and measurement have several disadvantages including trauma, danger of infection, skin irritation, need for restraints, and use of expensive devices. The present study was designed to ascertain if weighting wet diapers can be used as a method of measuring infant urine output. This study utilized disposable diapers to measure urine output in a group of 14 bottle-fed neonates. Careful handling kept fluid losses at a minimum without requiring special equipment or disturbing normal ward routine. A significant correlation between fluid intake and diaper weights indicated that diaper weights can be used as a measure of urine output. A follow up this study is recommended to compare weighing wet diapers as a method of measuring urine output with, either the indwelling catheter of the polythene urine collection bag. To further test the efficacy of this method, it is recommended that a larger group of infants be tested with several nurses collecting and weighing the diapers.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Diapers; Fluid Intake
Subject MESH Urination; Infant Care
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name MS
Language eng
Relation is Version of Digital reproduction of “Weighing wet diapers: a new approach to measure infant output.” Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. Print version of “Weighing wet diapers: a new approach to measure infant output.” available at J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collection. RJ25.5 1971 .B6.
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