Dehydration

Hazards and benefits

Jill Bennett

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Abstract

Dehydration is a serious risk for elders because total body water decreases with age, aging kidneys are less able to concentrate urine, and the sensation of thirst decreases. Geriatric nurses traditionally have assessed for dehydration, but its signs are difficult to detect in many patients. Instead, nurses, assistive personnel, and family members must work to prevent dehydration in elders. In contrast, dehydration my be beneficial to patients during the final stage of a terminal illness, although the decision to withhold or withdraw medical hydration may present a legal and ethical dilemma for nurses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-87
Number of pages4
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume21
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Dehydration
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Bennett, J. (2000). Dehydration: Hazards and benefits. Geriatric Nursing, 21(2), 84-87.

Dehydration : Hazards and benefits. / Bennett, Jill.

In: Geriatric Nursing, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2000, p. 84-87.

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Bennett, J 2000, 'Dehydration: Hazards and benefits', Geriatric Nursing, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 84-87.
Bennett, Jill. / Dehydration : Hazards and benefits. In: Geriatric Nursing. 2000 ; Vol. 21, No. 2. pp. 84-87.
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