Dehyration and Fluid Maintenance

Dehyration and Fluid Maintenance in the Long-Term Care Setting

Practice Guideline – CPE Self-Study Program

Credits: 1.0
Professional Approvals: CDR
Course Expiration: 10/3/2020

Course Description

The AMDA Dehydration and Fluid Maintenance in the Long-Term Care Setting Clinical Practice Guideline provides guidance on the prevention of, recognition of, assessment of, and treatment of dehydration for clinicians in long-term care settings.

Dehydration refers to a complex condition that results in a loss of total body water, with or without salt, at a rate greater than the body can replace it. No universally-accepted definition of dehydration exists, resulting in confusion about the identification of and diagnosis of dehydration in the long term care setting. Dehydration can have severe consequences for the long-term care resident.

Course Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education course, the learner should be able to:

  1. State at least 3 strategies to help prevent dehydration of patients in long-term care.
  2. Identify at least 3 risk factors for dehydration.
  3. Understand the strengths and limitations of using laboratory tests to assess for dehydration.

CDR Learning Level: II

Suggested CDR Learning Needs Codes

  • 2070 Macronutrients: carbohydrate, fat, protein, fiber, water
  • 3040 Food consumption, fluid balance
  • 5040 Long-term, intermediate, assisted living
  • 5100 Elderly

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators

  • 8.1.3 Integrates knowledge of macronutrients and micronutrients for absorption, digestion and metabolism throughout the life span in practice.
  • 8.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the life span and their role in health promotion and disease management.
  • 10.2.4 Interprets and applies evidence-based comparative standards for determining nutritional needs.
  • 10.2.7 Prioritizes specific nutrition problem(s).

Note: Numerous other CDR Learning Needs Codes and Performance Indicators may apply.

Professional Approvals

How to Complete CPE certificate

Printable CPE Questions Dehydration and Fluid Maintenance in the LTC Setting – AMDA CPG Course

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