Heart Failure is caused by the inability of the heart to pump adequate blood to the body to meet its needs. It is a chronic condition, managed with medications and lifestyle. Heart failure patients are prone to fluid retention, which can quickly worsen their condition. Hospitalized heart failure patients usually require diuretics to remove the fluid. Nursing intervention for heart failure patients include:
• Monitoring and Documenting I & O (fluid balance)
• Daily Weights with proper technique
• Patient Education on Heart Failure Self-Management
Daily weight and changes in weight are some of the most important indicators of fluid status. Daily Weight and I&O is a MUST for heart failure patients. These simple measures help guide treatment and optimize the care of heart failure patients.