UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MEDICAL FOUNDATION
CLINICAL POLICY AND PROCEDURE
TITLE: MEASURING WEIGHT IN ADULTS & CHILDREN
Effective Date: June, 2002 Approval: See Authorization
Supersedes Protocol: None Contact: Clinical Staff Education
Reviewed October, 2003 March, 2005 February, 2008 October 2011 October 2012
PURPOSE: To provide guidelines for measuring weight at University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation
(UWMF) or Department of Family Medicine (DFM) clinics.
DEFINITION: Weight is measured to provide baseline data in the assessment process. The weight of a patient
may determine drug dosages, monitor changes in physical status, and determine the effectiveness of treatment.
POLICY: The clinical staff will utilize the following guidelines to measure the weight of a UWMF or DFM
adult or pediatric patient that is 2 or more years old.
If serial weights are being obtained, it is best to measure weight at the same time every day, in similar
clothing, and using the same scale.
SUPPLIES: Platform scale, Provider’s order, Patient’s record
1. Check provider’s order and clarify any inconsistencies
2. Wash hands.
3. Introduce yourself to the patient and identify the patient by verifying patient’s full name and date of birth.
4. Explain procedure to the patient.
5. Ask patient to remove shoes (if indicated).
6. Calibrate/balance the scale to “0”.
7. Assist patient onto the scale (if needed).
8. Instruct the patient to remain still during weighing.
9. Discuss findings with the patient or parent.
10. Wash hands.
11. Documentation in Vital Signs section of patient’s electronic chart.
Enter weight measurement in ‘weight’ field
Utilize ‘comment entry’ when appropriate, i.e., shoes on.
REVISED: Carol Decker, RN, MSN, Clinical Staff Educator
REVIEWED BY: LaVay Morrison, RN, BSN, Clinical Staff Educator
WRITTEN BY: Ronnie Peterson, R.N., M.S., Manager of Clinical Support
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AUTHORIZED BY: Richard Welnick, MD, Medical Director, UWMF Ambulatory Clinic Operations
Sandra A. Kamnetz M.D., Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Medical Director, UWMF
Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine