Kirby's Rule of 20: the Veterinary Nurse's Critical Patient Checklist Part 3

Courtney Waxman
Friday, October 2, 2020

Kirby's Rule of 20 is a patient checklist including 20 parameters that should be checked daily in the critically ill patient. It reviews the established evidence-based information regarding patient checklist use in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. The list of 20 will be discussed over a four-part series to give an appropriate level of information and attention to each patient parameter. Part 3 includes: renal function, gastrointestinal motility and integrity, nutrition, glucose and immune status.

Figure 1 An example of a closed urinary collection set to measure and quantify urine output (UOP) from a patient with a urinary catheter.
Figure 1 An example of a closed urinary collection set to measure and quantify urine output (UOP) from a patient with a urinary catheter.

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