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Why are patients at risk of dehydration?

24th February 2012

A report commissioned by the Patients Association in 2011 has revealed that malnutrition contributed to the deaths of 284 elderly hospital patents with a further 800 deaths being attributed to dehydration.

It was the largest survey of its kind in the UK on the issue of malnutrition in the community and hospital setting with 5,018 respondents. Other findings found that two out of three hospital patients were not being checked for signs of undernourishment, and community carers were also failing to weigh their elderly clients and keep a track of their nutritional status.


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