Category list : Hydration
Stories with this category.
A variety of access routes into the gastrointestinal tract and a range of feeding tube types are used for enteral feeding. This article is a practical guide and comes with a self-assessment enabling you to test your knowledge after reading it
The object in question resembles a toddler’s drinking cup. It’s plastic and there’s a lid from which protrudes a wide, circular spout. But you won’t find a Thomas the Tank Engine logo on it, as this receptacle – the plastic spouted beaker – is what many older patients in care homes and some NHS wards are given to drink from.
Hydration and nutrition has improved among care home residents following a programme of tailored support provided by a clinical commissioning group, according to an evaluation.
The Royal College of Nursing has called on trusts to allow nurses to take water bottles onto the wards during the current heatwave, in order to avoid dehydration.
Nutritional deficiencies are one of the risk factors for developing pressure ulcers. As part of the Stop the Pressure campaign, NHS Improvement has published useful resources to help staff reduce patients’ risk
The Royal College of Nursing has launched a new campaign designed to encourage nursing staff to “rest, rehydrate, refuel” during shifts.
Patients with dementia are being given few opportunities to have drinks of water on wards and in accident and emergency, which is leaving them “extremely vulnerable”, a review of London hospitals has found.
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
Nursing staff in Nottingham have teamed up with local designers to tackle a problem posed on hospital wards throughout the country, namely poorly designed water jugs.
Trusts and other employers are being urged to ensure nurses can keep hydrated, as a matter of patient safety, on what is the hottest day of the year so far in many parts of the country.
An award-winning hydration nurse specialist is urging health and care providers to trial a simple risk assessment tool that has been shown to significantly reduce hospital admissions from care homes.
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.
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.
The revised Nursing and Midwifery Council code of conduct has restored some responsibility to nurses for ensuring their patients receive good nutritional care
How to spot the warning signs of dehydration and how to prevent itVideoSubscription
Video from The European Hydration Institute
Patients who are critically ill are at greater risk of malnutrition and nurses must be able to accurately assess their nutritional needs to help them recover
Enhancing healthcare assistants' dementia roleSubscription
Training healthcare assistants from nursing and therapy teams to pick up the early signs of dementia and offer one-to-one support is reaping benefits in a large acute hospital
Patients admitted to hospital from care homes are commonly dehydrated on admission and consequently are at significantly greater risk of in-hospital mortality, according to a major UK study.
Perhaps one of the most distressing images to emerge from the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust in 2013 was the image of patients so thirsty that they were drinking dirty water out of flower vases.
This article discusses how to recognise signs of dehydration and ensure patients receive adequate oral hydration. More information is available as a learning resource in our learning unit on dehydration
A free online learning unit launched today aims to educate nursing staff in preventing avoidable harm from dehydration.
Hospital trusts must provide healthy eating options for their staff as well as patients, under new rules on food quality in NHS organisations.
An award-winning invention that helps keep patients hydrated is being rolled out across Dorset’s community health services.
At least 1,000 hospital patients in England die each month from avoidable kidney problems, researchers have found.
Community trust rolls out hydration innovationSubscription
A simple, award-winning invention that helps keeps patients hydrated is being rolled out from hospital beds to community health services.
How difficult can it be to take a glass of water, put it to a patient’s lips and get them to drink?
Use of fluid thickener to reduce dysphagia riskSubscription
People with swallowing difficulties are at risk of choking, dehydration and aspiration. A care home company developed training and compared the use of thickeners
This week is Nutrition and Hydration Week.
From 17 – 21 March, Nursing Times is hosting a Nutrition and Hydration week to raise awareness of this important area of care.
A recent NT article describes a tool for assessing dehydration in hospital patients
Using oral mucosa to assess for dehydrationSubscription
Dehydration impacts negatively on patient health and can have a fatal outcome. A check of the oral mucosa can give nurses an indication of whether a patient is at risk
Families are being urged to “swap while they shop” in a bid to cut down on saturated fat and sugar in their diets.
Nurses and other clinicians need better education to stop errors in intravenous infusion care and prevent potential patient harm, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.