Category list : Hydration
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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.
Older people in care homes with dementia, diabetes and kidney problems are at most risk of dehydration, according to UK researchers.
Routine blood testing for sodium, potassium, urea and glucose could be used to detect dehydration in older people, following new research that has found a “universal” approach to this form of screening.
The cognitive function of a “significant” number of hospital nurses may be impaired because they are turning up for work dehydrated or not taking on sufficient fluids during shifts, according to UK researchers.
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
A study compared dehydration levels of older hospital patients arriving from care homes with those living in their own homes and found care home residents at increased risk
A SCUBA diving emergencySubscription
This SCUBA diver surfaced with memory loss and became unresponsive.
Older people are at increased risk of dehydration, and many screening and diagnostic tests are used to identify the condition. This article assesses their value
Nurses have hit back against suggestions in the national media that they were leaving end of life care patients so dehydrated they were resorting to sucking water from sponges.
Patients in their last days of life should be encouraged to drink “if they wish to and are able to”, according to new draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.