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Module 2 : Clinical Assessment



Welcome to module 2


This module will explore how to assess a patient's fluid status by recognising clinical signs and the using available tools.


The learning objectives for this module are:


1. To have an appreciation of the important questions to ask in a patient history in order to
guide an impression of fluid status.

2. To be able to recognise clinical signs in the dehydrated and fluid overloaded patient.


3. Know how to fill out and interpret a fluid balance chart as well as to appreciate its limitations.

4. Understand the benefit of daily weighing of patients prone to retaining fluid.

5. Appreciate which key serum biochemical markers alert clinicians to fluid deficit and overload.



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