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Simple Screen for Dehydration

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Becoming hydrated (and sustaining it when we are) is a challenge even in younger bodies. As we age it becomes ever more significant for the maintenance of not only our body, but our mind. Our bodies are, after all, composed mostly of water. The following mnemonic device can be really useful in diagnosing states of dehydration.

  • Drugs (eg, diuretics)
  • End of life
  • High fever
  • Yellow urine turns dark
  • Dizziness (orthostasis)
  • Reduced oral intake
  • Axilla dry
  • Tachycardia
  • Incontinence (fear of)
  • Oral problems/sippers
  • Neurologic impairment (confusion)
  • Sunken eyes