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Water, Water Everywhere: Dehydration in the Elderly

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Dehydration is a common disorder in the frail elderly patient. Understanding the mechanisms by which fluid and electrolyte abnormalities occur, as well as the implications of specific laboratory values, is key to providing optimal diagnosis and treatment. Management of fluid abnormalities relies on gradual rehydration with the proper fluids to restoreboth fluid and electrolytes.
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Keywords: Dehydration; Elderly; Electrolyte; Hypernatremia; Hyponatremia; Osmolality; Rehydration; Volume depletion

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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  • The Consultant Pharmacist® is the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. It is dedicated exclusively to the medication needs of the elderly in all settings, including adult day care, ambulatory care, assisted living, community, hospice, and nursing facilities. This award-winning journal is a member benefit of ASCP. Individuals who are not members and wish to receive The Consultant Pharmacist® will want to consider joining ASCP.
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