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The importance of adequate hydration within healthcare continues to be promoted.  It is recognised that dehydration can potentially affect people in all healthcare settings.  This is of great importance when we consider that dehydration is linked to patient safety issues such as pressure ulcers, falls, urinary tract infections, kidney injury and sepsis.  Hydration requirements vary and depend on height, weight, age and medical conditions.  Please take action to minimise these risks and ensure that dehydration is prevented or recognised and treated at an early stage to reduce the risk of hospital admission.  A number of resources are available below to promote and inform best practice.


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