As a continuation of Dehydration and Nursing Home Abuse (Part 1)¸ the following presents some more information regarding dehydration as a form of nursing home abuse and neglect. While Part 1 of this blog focused on presenting some of the most common signs and symptoms of dehydration in nursing home residents, here in Part 2, we will take a closer look at some of the factors that may contribute to dehydration in nursing home residents, as well as the potential health complications associated with untreated dehydration.
Factors that May Contribute to Dehydration in Nursing Home Residents
Dehydration is especially likely to afflict nursing home residents when:
- Nursing home staff members are not properly trained to recognize the signs of dehydration and/or how to respond when they do notice that patients are dehydrated.
- Nursing homes do not employ enough staff members, preventing staff from being able to spend enough time with and regularly check on all of the residents in the home.
Tragically, such conditions can play a role in the fact that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 40 percent of all nursing home residents in the U.S. suffer from dehydration and/or malnutrition at some point during their stay in nursing homes.
According to the CDC, nursing home residents who are 85 to 99 years old are about six times more likely to suffer from severe dehydration than younger residents. When severe dehydration occurs, the related complications can be serious and potentially deadly. Specifically, some of the complications associated with severe dehydration may include:
- Inflammation of the brain
- Dangerously low blood pressure, which can cause potentially fatal drops in the amount of oxygen in the blood stream
- Kidney failure
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