Signs and Symptoms of Poor Nutrition and Hydration
Signs and symptoms of poor nutrition and hydration
Poor nutrition/malnutrition can result in:
Death and increased risk of death
Wounds healing more slowly than otherwise
Inability/slowness to recover from infections and other illnesses
General ill health/impaired immune system/more prone to requiring hospital admissions
People may feel lethargic, lose of motivation and tire easily
People may become depressed
People may be neglecting themselves
Loss of muscle strength/power
Poor hydration/ dehydration can result in:
- Mental confusion and/or inability to concentrate. (This increases rapidly as the dehydration progresses)
- An increase of infection
- It increases the risk of falls
- It increases the risk of kidney stones; urinary tract infections and constipation. (Lack of sufficient liquid intake can result in dark coloured, strong smelling, urine).
- It causes wounds and pressure areas to be slow to heal.
- Dizziness and falls
- Adverse reactions to medication.
Use to answer question 8.1c of the Care Certificate