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Nursing Homes Have A Dehydration Problem

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Nursing homes often face a dehydration issue that cannot be solved simply by drinking more water. Dehydration can lead to various health problems, creating a significant need for improved hydration.

Micronutrient supplementation is an effective solution to the hydration gap. Learn more in the infographic below.

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Nursing Homes Have a Dehydration Problem. Here’s How to Fix It.


50% - 90% of nursing home patients are at risk for dehydration. Many can’t get enough hydration by orally drinking water — leading to comorbidities and an early risk of death.


 Understanding the Hydration Gap

  • Typically patients with:

    • Weight Loss/Malnutrition risks

    • Wounds

    • Infections

  • Water intake is not the same thing as hydration

    • Water intake: Water into the body

    • Hydration: Water into the cells

  • Hydration requires electrolytes (vitamins and minerals) which some patients can’t get from diets and water alone

    • These patients need more acute care than others, sometimes resulting in hospital stays

      • Patients admitted to hospitals from nursing homes are 10x more likely to be dehydrated than if they came from their own homes

  • Even drinking 5% less water leads to dehydration, which is referred to as a Dehydration Cascade

    • Intracellular fluid shift: To balance extracellular fluid, the body moves water out of the organs and into the bloodstream

    • Mood, fatigue, cognition: As water exits vital organs like the brain, the patient may report a worsened mood, high levels of fatigue, and reduced cognitive ability

    • Reduced participation: Now severely dehydrated, the patient withdraws into their room and is less willing to get involved in personal care

    • Highest risk factors: The patient experiences worse outcomes from care and may require reactive interventions


Dehydration may be a simple problem, but it’s not easy to solve. 51% of nursing home residents can be considered dehydrated, and 89% may be severely dehydrated according to plasma osmolality


The Effects of Dehydration Cascade on Nursing Homes


  • Dehydration is the cause of poor patient outcomes — which unequally affects patients in the Hydration Gap

    • Increases risks for falls

    • Leads to prolonged surgical recovery

    • Contributes to longer hospital stays and higher mortality rates

  • Dehydration doesn't start with lab values

    • Medications might make dehydration worse

      • Known to deplete fluids and leave patients at higher risk

        • Anti-Diabetics

        • Anti-Convulsants

        • Anti-Depressants

    • Lab values only confirm dehydration, not prevent it

      • Certain blood conditions worsen the effects of dehydration

        • Elevated Hemoglobin: <9.32 mmol/L

        • Low Potassium: <3.5 mmol/L

        • Elevated Sodium: >145mmol/L 

  • Many patients aren’t even unaware they are dehydrated 

    • Cognitive decline: Unable to communicate their needs with caregivers

    • Physical markers: The body’s signals for thirst decline with age

    • Salt loss: Even if patients drink enough water, imbalanced electrolytes and micronutrients prevent them from hydrating effectively

    • Lower urine concentrating ability: As a person ages, their kidneys lose the ability to concentrate urine, which requires larger amounts of water to flush out


Dript IV works with veteran clinicians to develop science-backed treatments that will close the hydration gap for good


How Micronutrient Supplementation Fights The Hydration Gap


  • Micronutrient supplementation: providing the body with key micronutrients to improve dehydration and therapeutic outcomes

    • Delivering intravenously to:

      • Rebalance intracellular fluid

      • Reset the baseline for sustained oral hydration

      • Reduce risk and improve cognitive function

    • Clinically proven to support plans of care

      • Not medication, but nutrition

  • The right infusions address:

    • Hydration: for at-risk patients

      • Vitamin C

      • B Complex

      • B12

    • Derma: for chronic wounds

      • Biotin

      • Zinc

      • Amino blend

    • Nutrition: for nutritionally deficient patients

      • Magnesium Chloride

      • Calcium Gluconate

      • BCAA

    • Cognition: for patients with cognitive impairments

      • B7 Biotin

      • Taurine

      • Glycine

    • Infection: for patients with infections or are immunocompromised

      • Amino Blend

      • Glutathione

      • B5


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