A campaign has been launched in hospitals and nursing homes to encourage staff to better monitor and manage inpatients’ fluid status.
The Hydration Matters campaign has been developed by NHS Kidney Care because inadequate hydration is one of the main causes of acute kidney injury.
The campaign aims to remind all healthcare staff that monitoring fluid status and ensuring correct hydration should be an essential core component of care for all patients.
Posters have been distributed to nursing directors at acute trusts and to nursing homes.
Beverley Matthews, nurse and director of NHS Kidney Care, said: “Ensuring patients are adequately hydrated is one of the most important things healthcare professionals can do to prevent AKI and monitoring fluid status should be an essential component of basic patient care.”