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A Healthy Weight for Patients with Heart Failure

Released: 5/17/2023 12:47:00 PM

Obtaining a daily weight is one of the most important ways patients with heart failure can remain free of symptoms and out of the hospital. Below are some reminders to help you keep your patient care at a high level.

At the initial Start of Care (SOC) visit:

  • If the patient says he/she has a scale, ask to see it.
  • Make sure it works:
    • Ask the patient to demonstrate how to use the scale.
    • Verify the patient can see the numbers on the scale by reading them to you.

If the patientís scale doesnít work or, if the patient doesnít have a scale, leave a scale from the VNA in the home.

  • You should have a scale from the VNA with your trunk supplies at all times.
  • Demonstrate how to use the scale, and ask the patient to re-demonstrate.
  • Verify the patient can see the numbers on the scale by reading them to you.