CLINICAL DO'S & DON'TS: Assessing for dehydration in adults
Jill Rushing RN, MSN

April 2009 
Volume 39  Number 4
Pages 14 - 14
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Rushing, Jill RN, MSN

Issue: Volume 39(4), April 2009, p 14 Publication Type: [Department: upFront: CLINICAL DO'S & DON'TS] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Jill Rushing is a nursing instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Richard L. Pullen, Jr., RN, EdD, coordinates Clinical Do's & Don'ts , which illustrates key clinical points for a common nursing procedure. Because of space constraints, it's not comprehensive.

ISOTONIC FLUID VOLUME deficit is a proportionate loss of sodium and water. Characterized by decreased extracellular fluid, including decreased circulating blood volume, isotonic fluid volume deficit results in signs and symptoms of dehydration. Common causes include vomiting, diarrhea, and polyuria.

DO * Assess your patient for risk of dehydration. Use a tool to evaluate his risk and implement strategies for ongoing hydration management. * Identify causes of fluid volume deficit and implement interventions ...

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