Best Practices for Dehydration Prevention Dehydration is linked to dysphagia and impaired cognition which are conditions frequently encountered by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working in health care. The SLP can play a role in dehydration prevention by participating in hydration management with individual patients and by addressing institutional hydration practices. This article highlights the need for ... Article
Article  |   June 14, 2016
Best Practices for Dehydration Prevention
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  • Kathy Panther
    Inpatient Rehab, Frazier Rehab Institute, Louisville, KY
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Part 2
Article   |   June 14, 2016
Best Practices for Dehydration Prevention
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, June 2016, Vol. 1, 72-80. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.72
History: Received July 31, 2015 , Revised November 3, 2015 , Accepted January 20, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, June 2016, Vol. 1, 72-80. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.72
History: Received July 31, 2015; Revised November 3, 2015; Accepted January 20, 2016

Dehydration is linked to dysphagia and impaired cognition which are conditions frequently encountered by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working in health care. The SLP can play a role in dehydration prevention by participating in hydration management with individual patients and by addressing institutional hydration practices. This article highlights the need for awareness of predisposing factors that make older people susceptible to dehydration, the detection of signs and symptoms of dehydration, and the implementation of preventative strategies.

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