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Dehydration Control in Hospitalized Elderly: An Integrative Review

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Dehydration has a high prevalence in the elder population. 40% of people above 65 years old are dehydrated at hospital admission. This problem becomes worse during hospitalization, due to the therapy, the comorbidities, and the lack of interventions targeted at controlling this malady. The objective of this study was to identify nursing interventions to control dehydration in hospitalized elders. An integrative review was carried out that followed a predefined protocol, with 9 stages, to answer the research question “What nursing interventions are used to control the dehydration of hospitalized elders?” The 7 studies which respected the eligibility criteria allowed to identify interventions to prevent dehydration and intervene for the control of this diagnosis. Stood out: risk evaluation, signal monitoring, and liquid intake. These interventions mostly involved the monitoring of liquid intake during the provision of beverages that are adequate to the preference of the client and to keeping drinks at their disposal, in addition to educating the population, their relatives, and health workers. The results indicate that the problem could be solved with the aid of technological solutions and e-health interventions.

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Rodrigues, A.R.F., de Almeida Coelho, R., Sousa, L., Ferreira, Ó.R., Baixinho, C.L. (2022). Dehydration Control in Hospitalized Elderly: An Integrative Review. In: García-Alonso, J., Fonseca, C. (eds) Gerontechnology IV. IWoG 2021. Lecture Notes in Bioengineering. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-97524-1_36

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