Can a beverage cart help improve hydration?

Geriatr Nurs. Jul-Aug 2002;23(4):208-11. doi: 10.1067/mgn.2002.126967.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a hydration program to improve hydration and prevent conditions associated with dehydration (delirium, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, falls, skin breakdown, and constipation). Data showed a significant increase in fluid in each body compartment, significant decrease in the number of laxatives, increase in the number of bowel movements, decline in the number of falls, and decrease in cost during the hydration period.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Dehydration / therapy*
  • Female
  • Fluid Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Program Evaluation*