Dehyration and Fluid Maintenance in the Long-Term Care Setting
Practice Guideline – CPE Self-Study Program
Professional Approvals: CDR
Course Expiration: 10/3/2020
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:
- State at least 3 strategies to help prevent dehydration of patients in long-term care.
- Identify at least 3 risk factors for dehydration.
- 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.