Serious hypernatraemia in a hospital population

D. Bhatnagar, C. Weinkove

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    Abstract

    Severe hypernatraemia in a hospital population should be an avoidable problem. We have looked at its causes and incidence over one year and have shown that serious hypernatraemia (serum sodium >160mmol/l) as a manifestation of severe dehydration is associated with a high morbidity and mortality. Failure to maintain adequate fluid intake, intentional or unintentional, was the most frequent cause. Nursing and medical staff must be made more aware of this problem and encouraged to initiate early treatment of dehydration.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)441-443
    Number of pages2
    JournalPostgraduate medical journal
    Volume64
    Issue number752
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1988

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