Category list : Hydration
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Nursing home staff in part of the East Midlands are receiving support to spot the hidden signs of dehydration and malnutrition earlier.
Healthcare staff tend to not drink enough – or not at all – during shifts. A student nurse has created a poster to be displayed in rest areas, explaining why it is important to keep hydrated and prompting staff to drink
The Northumbria Assessment of Hydration is a simple protocol for assessing the risk of dehydration in older people and ensuring they drink enough
Nursing staff’s ability to gauge fluid intakeSubscription
A pilot study explored how accurately nurses and care staff were able to estimate patient fluid intake by looking at residual fluid left in different containers
A litany of failings in the care and treatment of a four year old boy who died at a specialist children’s hospital were so severe they amounted to service failure, according to an investigation.
Improving hydration in pre-operative patientsSubscription
A project aiming to reduce pre-operative starving times resulted in a dramatic fall in the number of patients starved for prolonged periods before undergoing surgery
Simple changes led by nurses on a hospital ward for older people have been praised for reducing the need for security and boosting staff morale as well as improving hydration and nutrition levels.
Many patients with cancer lose weight, but their thoughts on it are often overlooked. By acknowledging their feelings, nurses can help improve these patients’ quality of life
Implementing national patient safety alertsSubscription
National patient safety alerts must be implemented if risk to patients is to be reduced. Trusts should explore the barriers to implementation to effect bottom-up change
New guidance on end of life care calls for an individualised approach, with hydration maintained where possible, in order to avoid the mistakes of the Liverpool Care Pathway.