What are the most common risk factors for dehydration in care settings?

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What are the most common risk factors for dehydration in care settings?

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While malnutrition in hospitals frequently makes it to the headlines, dehydration appears to be under-reported, unless there is a heatwave and people talk about the need to drink more to stay cool. The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) says preventable dehydration in care settings is a general indicator of poor quality care, however, and would seem “still too common in the older person” whatever the weather outside.

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