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Fluid Needs of Tube Fed Patients
Fluid needs are important to consider for TF patients. Specific water needs for an individual can be calculated as 1 ml/kcal or 35 ml/kg usual body weight (UBW). Patients who have large water losses through perspiration or oozing wounds may require more fluids.


Sample Fluid Needs Calculation:

80 kg patient, intake 2500 kcal

80kg x 35ml/kg = 2800ml water/d
or
2500 kcal x 1ml/kcal = 2500ml water/d

practice calculations

 



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