Intake and output practice questions: This quiz will require you to calculate a patient’s intake and output. Calculating intake and output is an essential part of providing patient care and as the nurse you need to know what to include in the calculation along with converting the measurements to mL.
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Intake and Output Practice Questions
1. During your 12-hour shift from 7p – 7a what is your patient’s INTAKE and OUTPUT?
2000-0600 Jevity 50 mL/hr
0615: 50 cc free water flush
2100-0215: Two 250 mL of red blood cells
0115: 20 cc saline flush IV
0300: Zosyn IV 50 mL
0400: 10 cc saline flush IV
Continuous fluids: Heparin 10 mL/hr & Normal Saline 100 mL/hr
Ileostomy: 300 mL
NG suction: 50 cc
Urine: 1850 mL
Wound vac: 100 cc
A. Intake: 2200 mL & Output 1850 mL
B. Intake: 2450 mL & Output: 2300 mL
C. Intake: 1950 mL & Output: 2400 mL
D. Intake: 540 mL & Output: 2450 mL
The answer is B: Intake: 2450 mL & Output: 2300 mL
2. Calculate the patients INTAKE during your 12-hour shift:
0800: Two pieces of toast, 2 cups of oatmeal, 8 oz yogurt, 12 oz orange juice, 2 oz grits—
1000: Two 8 oz of coffee w/ 2 oz of cream in each—
1100: 24 oz of ice chips—
1200: IV infusion of Zosyn 50 mL, 2 mL IV push Zofran and 10 cc saline IV flush—
1230: house salad, 12 oz soda, three 12 oz popsicles—
1400: One pack of red blood cells (250 mL)—
1500: 2 mL Morphine and 10 cc saline flush IV—
1715: 10 cc saline flush IV—
1600-1900: Normal Saline IV 100 cc/hr
A. 2390 mL
B. 2124 mL
C. 3394 mL
D. 3294 mL
The answer is C: 3394 mL
3. The patient’s output is 2025 mL during your 12-hour shift. Based on the patient’s intake in problem 2, what should you monitor the patient for as the nurse?
A. Fluid volume overload
C. These findings are within normal limits…continue to monitor
The answer is A. The patient’s intake in problem 2 was 3394 mL and if the patient’s output is 2025 mL, the nurse should monitor the patient for fluid volume overload.
4. Calculate the patient’s total urinary output for the shift. The patient has continuous bladder irrigation and a Foley catheter:
0800-1000: 3 Liters of bladder irrigation—
1000: emptied Foley catheter 3600 mL—
1100: 1 Liter of bladder irrigation—
1200: 2 Liters of bladder irrigation and emptied 3250 mL from Foley catheter—
1300: 1 Liter of bladder irrigation—
1400: 1 Liter of bladder irrigation—
1500: 1 Liter of bladder irrigation and emptied 3120 mL from Foley Catheter—
1600-1900: 3 Liters of bladder irrigation —
1900: emptied 4200 mL from Foley catheter
A. 2170 mL
B. 3280 mL
C. 2350 mL
D. 1200 mL
The answer is A.
5. Your shift is from 7a-7p. The patient had the following intake and output during your shift. Based on your calculation, the patient is at risk for?
0800: 8 oz orange juice, 6 oz yogurt, slice of bread, 10 cc flush—
1000: 8 oz coffee w/ 1 oz of cream—
1200: 12 oz soda, Two 12 oz cherry popsicles, 3 oz chocolate pudding, 4 oz chicken broth—
1300: 6 oz soda, 12 oz custard—
1600: 8 oz ice chips —
1400-1900: 50 cc/hr IV infusion —
0700: 500 cc urine—
1100: emesis 100 cc, ileostomy stool 350 cc—
1200: wound vac drainage 200 cc—
1300: 250 cc urine—
1500: JP drain 400 cc—
1700: 350 cc urine—
1730: 400 cc urine—
1800: 350 cc urine—
1830: ileostomy stool 400 cc—
1845: 500 cc urine—
A. Intake: 2080 mL & Output: 3520 mL; monitor the patient for dehydration
B. Intake: 2270 mL & Output: 3800 mL; monitor the patient for dehydration
C. Intake: 3890 mL & Output: 2200; monitor the patient for fluid volume overload
D. Intake: 4005 mL & Output: 2270 mL; monitor the patient for fluid volume overload
The answer is B.
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