Patient safety and nutrition and hydration in the elderly

Patient safety and nutrition and hydration in the elderly

Author: Caroline Lecko

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This paper by Caroline Lecko looks at the scale of avoidable harm associated with the provision of nutrition and hydration, the relationship with patient safety and lessons from the Francis report.

The scale of avoidable harm associated with the provision of nutrition and hydration across healthcare is unknown. This is despite work by the National Patient Safety Agency and many other professional associations and lobbying groups to raise awareness among frontline healthcare staff, service providers, and policy makers of the affects and costs associated with malnutrition and dehydration.

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