Preventing dehydration

  1. My facility is working on piloting a new dehydration prevention policy. Part of the policy includes conservative IV hydration in residents with infections, etc. - I am concerned about risks of CHF, etc., and have been looking for some research that might have some good ideas that will help with this policy. Does anyone have experience with this that might have some advice or know somewhere I can go to get more information?

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    K. Warner, RN
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   susanmary
    Kewlnurse1: Hi! Those writing the dehydration prevention policy should be specific regarding patients with history of CHF & heart disease, pulmonary compromise, and renal problems. There should be protocals regarding I/O's, checking electrolytes (BUN/Creatinine) and even ausculatating lung sounds -- watch those crackles! Residents should meet specific criteria -- don't just hydrate because they have an infection. Good luck!
  4. by   horizonj
    Originally posted by susanmary:
    Kewlnurse1: Hi! Those writing the dehydration prevention policy should be specific regarding patients with history of CHF & heart disease, pulmonary compromise, and renal problems. There should be protocals regarding I/O's, checking electrolytes (BUN/Creatinine) and even ausculatating lung sounds -- watch those crackles! Residents should meet specific criteria -- don't just hydrate because they have an infection. Good luck!


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    jean sheffer
    horizon
  5. by   horizonj
    Hello- I am fairly new to geriatric nursing and wondered what criteria/protocols are used for putting a resident on or taking them off I/O's.
    TIA for your input.
    jean

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    jean sheffer
    horizon

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