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Use of hypodermoclysis to manage dehydration

01 June 2011

Nursing Older People


Older people, particularly those who are frail, are vulnerable to dehydration. Management of dehydration in older people can be more complex than in younger adults...

Dehydration and electrolyte disturbance

01 May 1999

Elderly Care


Aims and outcomes The aim of this article is to draw attention to the important part played by nurses in the early detection, prevention and treatment of dehydration...

A taste for change

24 April 2007

Nursing Standard


The RCN and Nursing Standard launch a campaign to improve patient nutrition and hydration.

Promoting hydration in patients with dementia in healthcare settings

12 July 2006

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This is the second article in a series of five on dementia. It aims to enhance nurses’ understanding of dehydration in patients with dementia. Research shows that...

Malnutrition and dehydration after stroke

07 December 2011

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

By identifying malnutrition and dehydration in patients who have had a stroke, nurses can intervene to prevent significant complications developing and so improve...

Managing constipation in adults with severe learning disabilities

29 October 2014

Learning Disability Practice

Art & Science

Constipation is common among people with severe learning disabilities but its effect on their wellbeing is widely underestimated. This article provides a literature...

Diagnosis and management of patients with hypercalcaemia

30 April 2015

Nursing Older People

Art & Science

Hypercalcaemia is a common biochemical abnormality in the blood that can be caused by malignancy, hyperparathyroidism, medications or underlying medical conditions....

Patient safety and hydration in the care of older people

29 April 2016

Nursing Older People

Art & Science

Ensuring patients are adequately hydrated is a fundamental part of nursing care, however, it is clear from the literature that dehydration remains a significant...

Promoting and maintaining healthy hydration in patients

10 April 2012

Nursing Standard

Learning zone continuing professional development

Fluid is essential for life and health. Nurses have an important role in helping patients maintain optimal levels of hydration, particularly in hospital or...

Drink to good health

19 September 2007

Nursing Standard


As part of the Nutrition Now campaign, a toolkit is being launched online to encourage nurses and support staff to increase water consumption among patients in...