Should oral fluids be prescribed to at risk patients in hospital?
Recent news stories have highlighted problems with dehydration in hospitals. NHS Kidney Care recently launched the Hydration Matters campaign to encourage staff to better monitor and manage inpatients’ fluid status. It aims to remind all healthcare staff that monitoring fluid status and ensuring correct hydration should be an essential core component of care for all patient.
Should oral fluids be considered a “treatment” and prescribed for patients are risk of hydration? Who should be responsible for prescribing and monitoring intake?