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Nursing Times launches online training to reduce dehydration risk


A free online learning unit launched today aims to educate nursing staff in preventing avoidable harm from dehydration.

Nursing Times Learning has developed an online learning unit on preventing dehydration with Think Kidneys, the NHS Campaign to avoid acute kidney injury.

“Identifying patients at greatest risk of dehydration will help to prioritise care”

Naomi Campbell

Dehydration presents a significant risk to frail and older people and is associated with increased mortality rates and hospital admissions. It is linked with a number of conditions including acute kidney injury, falls, urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers, malnutrition and confusion.

The Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust highlighted the significant harm that can be caused by dehydration and the need for nurses to be competent in this fundamental area of care. 

The case scenarios in the learning unit demonstrate the importance of hydration across all patient groups and in particularly vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and those with dementia.

The unit was developed by nurse expert Naomi Campbell, hydration lead at Peninsula Community Health in Cornwall.

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell

Speaking on the launch of the learngin unit, she said: “Nurses must provide person-centred hydration care in order to prevent the physical and emotional harm caused by dehydration.

“Identifying patients at greatest risk of dehydration will help to prioritise care, remembering that many people on admission to care homes and hospitals will already be suffering with dehydration,” she added. 

Nursing Times Learning has a suite of learning units, offering nurses an accessible and convenient way to keep up to date and improve their practice.

A recent survey on Nursing Times Learning found that 92% of users said it was an effective learning tool with 86% saying they would make significant changes to their practice as a result of studying a unit.


Readers' comments (5)

  • You can take a horse to water but you cannot make them drink. I know from personal experience of trying to get my 90 year old mother to drink.

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  • Maybe they should use 'The Hydrant' from Hydrate For Health?

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  • why does the access link bring up page on conflict resolution?


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  • Is it inconceivable that family visiting the patient should assist in giving their relative a drink. " she likes it off a teaspoon" said the daughter who buzzed for a nurse/ hca to do this. This wee lady was awake ,coherent and was suffering from hand injuries. FAMILY DUH!!

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  • Its Amazing how something so simple as Hydration, is not being prioritised and that there still isn't an effective way to record it. Patient centred care is the key to ensuring that professionals have considered every angle to encourage patients to stay hydrated. I feel that this is a step in the right direction.

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