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?
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