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Patients admitted to hospital from care homes are at higher risk of dehydration, study finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h249 (Published 16 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h249
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Care home residents are 10 times more likely to be dehydrated when admitted to hospital than patients who live in their own home, a retrospective observational study has found. As a result, care home patients seem to have significantly greater risks of in-hospital mortality.

The research, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine,1 included 21 610 patients aged over 65 who were admitted to a London trust hospital over a two year period from 2011 to 2013. Patients had …

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