Patients no longer need to go to the hospital or urgent care for treatment of dehydration or fatigue caused by lack of hydration or deficit of vitamins. Infused Vitamin Drips offers a mobile IV hydration service that allows patients to receive infusion treatments of Vitamins and Amino acids in the comfort of their home, work, long-term care facility or our clinic infusion suite. Our highly trained professional staff of EMT’s and Registered Nurses educate the patients on the benefits or risks of IV hydration, and administers the infusion treatment where it is most convenient for the patient. We believe ... Feeling Well should feel convenient!
RECOGNIZING DEHYDRATION SYMPTOMS
Those caring for elderly persons should watch for these signs of dehydration.
Mild Dehydration Symptoms
Dryness of mouth; dry tongue with thick saliva
Unable to urinate or pass only small amounts of urine; dark or deep yellow urine
Cramping in limbs
Crying but with few or no tears
Weakness, general feeling of being unwell
Sleepiness or irritability
More Serious Dehydration Symptoms
Low blood pressure
Severe cramping and muscle contractions in limbs, back and stomach
Rapid but weak pulse
Dry and sunken eyes with few or no tears
Wrinkled skin; no elasticity
Breathing faster than normal
Dehydration: Staying Hydrated
Everyone knows—but many people seem to forget—that water is what sustains life. Here are just two of the benefits of being hydrated:
Older people who get enough water tend to suffer less constipation, use less laxatives, have fewer falls and, for men, may have a lower risk of bladder cancer. Less constipation may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
Drinking at least five 8-ounce glasses of water daily reduces the risk of fatal coronary heart disease among older adults.
Caregivers should make sure the older person has water by their side at all times. Encourage frequent drinking in moderate amounts.
A good formula for how much water is needed every day is to take one-third of the person's body weight in pounds and drink the equivalent number of ounces of water daily. For example, a 150-pound woman would need 50 ounces of water daily, or about 6 8-ounce glasses of water.
Dehydration: A Hidden Risk to the Elderly
It's important for caregivers to be more aware of ways to prevent dehydration, recognize signs of dehydration in the elderly, and to treat it promptly.
Sudden shifts in the body's water balance can frequently result in dehydration, and the physical changes associated with aging expose the elderly in particular to the risks of dehydration. One serious danger to the elderly is that they may not know about their dehydrated condition, which could lead to it not being treated and result in more serious consequenses.
In one study of residents in a long-term care facility, author Janet Mentes reported that 31 percent of patients were dehydrated. In a related study, researchers found that 48 percent of older adults admitted into hospitals after treatment at emergency departments actually had signs of dehydration in their laboratory results.
What causes dehydration in the elderly?
Dehydration in seniors is often due partly to inadequate water intake, but can happen for many other reasons as well including diarrhea, excessive sweating, loss of blood, diseases such as diabetes, as well as a side effect of prescribed medication like diuretics. Aging itself makes people less aware of thirst and gradually lowers the body's ability to regulate its fluid balance.
Elders may not feel thirst as keenly.
Scientists warn that the ability to be aware of and respond to thirst is slowly blunted as we age. As a result, older people do not feel thirst as readily as younger people do. This increases the chances of them consuming less water and consequently suffering dehydration.
Less body fluids, lower kidney function.
The body loses water as we age. Until about age 40, the proportion of total body fluids to body weight is about 60% in men and 52% in women (the gender difference is due to greater muscle mass and lower body fat in men compared to women; muscle cells contain more water than fat cells). After age 60, the proportion goes down to 52% in men and 46% in women. The reason for the decline is the loss of muscle mass as one ages and a corresponding increase in fat cells.
In addition, the kidneys' ability to remove toxins from the blood progressively declines with age. This means the kidneys are not as efficient in concentrating urine in less water, thus older people lose more water.
If dehydration is not identified and treated, the consequences to health are significant, including reduced or loss of consciousness, rapid but weak pulse, and lowered blood pressure. If rehydration is not started, the situation can become life-threatening.
Infused Vitamin Drips offers in suite and at home infusions in the Houston area. We offer a range of IV hydration and vitamin therapies designed to boost energy, detoxify, improve athletic performance, and more. We are dedicated to improving the health and well being of our clients through good old fashioned hydration and vitamins. We are committed to helping clients restore and optimize their body's natural balance and strengthen the immune system while keeping in mind infection control. The MargaretCare Nurse Practitioner can offer a pre- infusion assessment and medical clearance to promote client safety.