Apatient needs weighing, as he is due a drug that is calculated on bodyweight. He experiences a lot of pain on movement so is reluctant to move, particularly stand up. What would you do?
Document clearly in the patient’s notes that a weightcannot be obtained.
Offer the patient pain relief and either use bed scales or a hoist with scales built in
Discuss the case with your colleagues and agree to guess his body weight until he agrees to stand and use the chair scales.
Omit the drug as it is not safe to give it without this information; inform the doctor and document your actions