The proper assessment and provision of nutrition and hydration to patients is a major part of any nursing or health professional's role. This guide gives you an easy-to-use reference to the main procedures and implications in developing a proper nutrition and hydration plan.
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Table of Contents
Body Mass Index
Factors affecting ability to eat
Factors influencing nutrition in hospital
Problems with the food
Problems with the systems of supplying the food
Consequences of malnutrition
Other methods of feeding
When should nutritional support be considered?
Complications of nutritional support
Regulation of body fluids
Factors affecting hydration needs
Gender and body size
Methods of administration of fluids
Associated problems with intravenous and subcutaneous infusions
Recording fluid balance
Accurate measurement of fluid intake
Accurate measurement of fluid output
Negative and positive fluid balance