Urine Output Calculator

Estimates the urine output rate per kg per hour, along with fluid balance, based on fluid intake.

The text below offers information on how the urine output and fluid balance are calculated, along with some guidelines on oliguria.

The urine output calculator determines the following:

■ Urine output per kg per hour;

■ Fluid balance;

■ Oliguria diagnosis (if positive).

In order to perform the calculation, the user has to input weight, total urine output and the number of hours for that output, along with fluid intake during the same period of time.

The formulas used are:

■ Urine output in mL/kg/hr = Total urine output in mL / (Weight in kg x Hours);

■ Fluid balance in mL = Fluid intake in mL - Total urine output in mL.

In healthy adults, normal values for total urine output are 800 – 2000 mL (considering a fluid intake of 2 L and a period of 24h).

Fluid balance checks the difference between intake and output and can also offer information on the renal function of the patient.

Acute oliguria, as one of the earliest signs of renal dysfunction, is defined as less than 400 mL of urine output a day.

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1. Fill in the calculator/tool with your values and/or your answer choices and press Calculate.

2. Then you can click on the Print button to open a PDF in a separate window with the inputs and results. You can further save the PDF or print it.

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Key facts about urine output

In order to calculate the urine output rate in mL/kg/hr and fluid balance, the following variables are considered: patient weight, fluid intake and the total urine output per period of time, usually a 24h period is considered. 

The urine output calculator uses the following equations:

■ Urine output in mL/kg/hr = Total urine output in mL / (Weight in kg x Hours);

■ Fluid balance in mL = Fluid intake in mL - Total urine output in mL.

Urine output can offer information on whether the kidneys function normally, in terms of blood filtration and excretion of waste products through urine.

Total urine output for an adult, during 24h is of 800 to 2000 mL, this is equivalent to around 1 mL/kg/hr. In an adult weighing 60 kg, this means 60 mL/hr.

Urinary output (the 24-hour urine collection test) is one of the most common laboratory tests, which checks for creatinine, sodium, potassium, protein presence and nitrogen levels.

Urinary output is however, impacted by other factors such as:

■ Existence of chronic kidney disease;

■ Dehydration;

■ Certain drugs;

■ Caffeine and alcohol intake;


Fluid balance

FB consists in the difference between declared fluid intake and total urine output (water lost should be equal to water in).

Its mechanism of control is osmoregulation, electrolyte concentration and hormonal regulation through anti diuretic hormones. Some also include here behaviour in order to maintain euvolemia.

When referring to input fluid, we refer to drinking, eating and parenteral intake. Output fluids are those of respiration, perspiration, expectoration, urine and defecation.



The main causes of oliguria include:

■ renal causes;

■ septic shock;

■ drug toxicity;

■ myoglobulin release.

Oliguria, or hypo-perfusion, starts at:

■ In adults: urine output

■ In children:

Acute oliguria is less than 400 mL of urine output per day. The mechanism involves a sudden drop in glomerular filtration rate which in turn determines an increase in plasma urea and urine creatinine concentration. Development of acidosis and hyperkalemia follow, along with retention of salt and water.

Early identification of oliguria and decreases in GFR means that further kidney damage can be prevented.

According to RIFLE (Risk, Injury, Failure, Loss of kidney function, and End-stage kidney disease) classification definition of the Acute Dialysis Quality Initiative, the conditions for acute kidney injury (AKI) are:

■ Less than 0.5 mL/kg/hr for more than 6h at a time (high risk AKI);

■ Less than 0.5 mL/kg/hr for more than 12h at a time (positive AKI diagnosis);

■ Less than 0.3 mL/kg/hr for more than 24h at a time or anuria for 12h (acute renal failure).

Polyuria on the other hand, is defined as abnormal volumes of urine, larger than normal, usually (if not triggered by high fluid intake) a symptom of diabetes insipidus, some forms of kidney disease or prolonged use of diuretic medication.



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2. Gowda S, Desai PB, Kulkarni SS, Hull VV, Math AAK, Vernekar SN. Markers of renal function tests. N Am J Med Sci. 2010; 2(4): 170–173.

3. Chau et al. Fluid balance, change in serum creatinine and urine output as markers of acute kidney injury post cardiac surgery: an observational study. Can J Kidney Health Dis. 2014; 1: 19.

Specialty: Urology

System: Urinary

Objective: Determination

Type: Calculator

No. Of Variables: 4

Article By: Denise Nedea

Published On: March 16, 2017

Last Checked: March 16, 2017

Next Review: March 10, 2023