The Fluid Balance
Many patients suffer from different diseases related to the stomach, intestines, bladder and/or kidney. These patients have their fluid balance monitored. The patient's fluid intake and output are measured and registered by a nurse. The fluid balance is an indicator of the patient's health; whether it is improving or worsening.
An alarm rings - this means a patient has one or two bedpans ready for measurement. The nurse then retrieves the bedpans and brings them to another room further down the ward. Here, the urine and stools are weighed on a scale or measured in a measuring cup. Afterwards, the bedpans and cups are cleaned, discarded in a shredder or thrown out. The results are written on the fluid balance chart back in the patient's room.
Imagine handing over your urine and stools to a nurse.
- Going to the toilet is normally very private and not something you share with others.
Then imagine being the nurse having to handle a patient's urine and stools. The nurse has to handle these with a smile every time. It's very embarrassing for the patient and it's a degrading procedure for the nurse.
Discomforting experience for patient and nurse
Time-consuming and disruptive for the nurse
Unpleasant to handle
High consumption of materials