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How do you spot the signs of dehydration?

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Figures obtained by the Daily Telegraph showed that 1,158 care home residents suffered dehydration-related deaths from 2003 to 2012. According to the newspaper, dehydration was noted on death certificates as either the main cause of death or a contributory factor.

How do you assess whether a patient is dehydrated?

Why do nurses fail to spot the signs of dehydration?

What tips can you offer readers to improve patients’ fluid intake?

Are fluid balance charts a reliable record of input and output in your clinical area?


More information is available in our nutrition and hydration zone

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  • Dr. Michael Lange

    I recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces of good water. Good water is spring water in glass bottles. Stay away from reverse osmosis water and distilled water since both are very acidic and leached of any minerals. New science indicates that due to the laws of osmosis minearls may leach out of your body into the water you drinking and this could cause some serious issues later on. So dont drink it unless it says spring water and drink from a BPA plastic or glass. I also like to add coconut water to my patients daily regiment since it has some potassium and magnesium! If an extreme athlete drink coconut water instead of sugary dyed sports drinks and add a little pink sea salt.

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  • Sounds like good advice but probably not practical for most people. Managers of care homes take note: Buy bottled spring water if possible. I just drink good old tap water at home. I'm 51. Everyone comments on how good my skin is for my age. Water + organic skin cream + no smoking. Oh and thanks dad for the great genes! Just hope I don't inherit the Alzheimer's. lol Must improve my diet and do more exercise. Diet not tooo bad. Exercise lacking. 12 hour shifts at a triage desk doesn't help! I keep joking that we need a treadmill in the office. But seriously I wish we had one! I'm always advising my patients to drink more, as a team we always complete fluid charts and leave patients with drinks at each visit. The few patients who are admitted to hospital from our caseload are the ones who were already dehydrated before being referred to us. I've read that alternating water with coffee is a good way of keeping hydrate. Works for me.

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