Signs of dehydration in the elderly missed by care home workers in Suffolk, study reveals

11 March 2019 – Ipswich Star

A new study by experts at the University of East Anglia has revealed that dangerous signs of dehydration in elderly people are not being picked up by care home workers in Suffolk.

Checks aimed at recognising the symptoms – such as sunken eyes, the tightness of a person’s skin or asking if they are thirsty – do not accurately diagnose the condition.

Experts looked at the way carers assessed dehydration in 188 older people in 56 care homes across Norfolk and Suffolk, comparing the results with blood tests to tell whether a person was actually suffering from dehydration.

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Ed. While the search begins for a new method of testing for dehydration, I wonder if we should be looking at the cause as well as the symptom.

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