Reducing Gram-negative bloodstream infection…
Reducing Gram-negative bloodstream infections — hydration
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Many leading experts and infection prevention practitioners postulate a link between dehydration, urinary tract infection and E. coli Gram-negative sepsis. Therefore a number of system actions are linked to improving inpatient and population hydration.
The actions listed here are to start the process of promoting hydration. The list of tools and links given is not exhaustive, but a selection of the many projects in place.
Action: plan for hydation
Ensure that all providers have a plan to improve hydration.
Hydration campaign video
Social media campaign — #ButFirstADrink — by Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust
Action: plan for inclement weather
Ensure that hydration is part of winter and heatwave planning - link with public health commissioners.
Patient hydration poster
Example patient information poster (provided by Kernow CCG).
Patient hydration bookmark
Example patient information bookmark (provided by Kernow CCG).
Action: review STP/ICS work planning
Ensure hydration is part of the prevention work planning at the sustainability and transformation partnership (STP)/integrated care system (ICS).
Action: review care home planning
Ensure provision is in place to improve hydration in care homes.
Oxford AHSN Good Hydration project
Online resources for the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) 'Good Hydration!' project, including toolkit, data outcome measurement, good practice guidance and training materials.
UWL I-Hydrate care home video
University of West London (UWL) care home hydration 'I-Hydrate' project video
Oxford AHSN urinary system video
A short animated film from Oxford AHSN on the importance of good hydration in keeping care home residents happy and healthy.
ROC hydration care resources
'Reliance on a Carer' holistic hydration care assessment tool
NICE oral care guidance
NICE guidance on oral health for adults in care homes
Bournemouth University toolkit on eating and drinking well
Bournemouth University Ageing and Dementia Research Centre training resources - eating and drinking well toolkit
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