How to calculate fluid loss

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How to calculate fluid loss
Dehydration deprives cells of water. (Drink Wasser / Drink water image by Nazar Chabara from Fotolia.com)

Water and nutrients keep the body hydrated, which is important for cell survival. Fluid loss in the body causes dehydration in cells. The body is mainly composed of water. Fluid loss in the body results from dehydration, diarrhoea and vomiting. Fluid loss can lead to low blood pressure and cause many complications. It important to restore fluids and hydrate the body in cases of fluid loss. Calculating fluid loss involves a few steps.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Calculate body weight in kilograms: 0.998 Kilogram equal 1kg.

  2. 2

    Assess body weight from kilogram to millilitres: 1000ml is equal to 1kg.

  3. 3

    Calculate fluid loss by using the formula of body weight multiplied by estimated percentage of dehydration. Dehydration in the body is assessed by physicians through physical exam of the patient. An example is skin turgor, which is testing for the elasticity of skin surface.

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