Category list : Fluid balance
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Intravenous fluid therapy is sometimes needed to restore homoeostasis and prevent organ failure. This overview of intravenous fluid use is accompanied by a self-assessment questionnaire so you can test your knowledge after reading it
This article outlines the procedure for helping patients to eat at mealtimes. It highlights the importance of monitoring food and fluid intake and the need for accurate documentation
Reducing dehydration in residents of care homesSubscription
Involving all staff in strategies to improve hydration among residents enabled a care home to reduce health problems and improve the general atmosphere in the home
Draft guidance on managing intravenous fluid therapy in children has been published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
NICE guidance on giving intravenous fluidsSubscription
A suggested gap in nurse training prompted NICE to produce guidance on use of IV fluid therapy aimed at all health professionals providing this therapy
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The amount of fluid people need is directed by their level of activity, diet, state of health and climate. Different fluids also have different effects on the body.
Measuring and managing fluid balanceSubscription
Assessing hydration status and measuring fluid balance can ensure optimal hydration
Fluid balance can alter with disease and illness so it important to be aware of how much fluid is in the body, taking steps such as measuring urea and electrolytes levels
Carol McLoughlin Diuretics are drugs used to increase the amount of urine produced by the kidneys and increase the excretion of sodium and other electrolytes (Karch, 2003).