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.

#ButFirstADrink poster PDF, 721.8 KB

Poster from Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust's #ButFirstADrink campaign


Action: plan for inclement weather

Ensure that hydration is part of winter and heatwave planning - link with public health commissioners.


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).

LCC dehydration leaflet PDF, 1.2 MB

Lancashire County Council (LCC) dehydration leaflet

LCC dehydration poster PDF, 640.8 KB

Lancashire County Council (LCC) dehydration poster


Action: review care home planning

Ensure provision is in place to improve hydration in care homes.

Frailty in care homes pilot report DOCX, 104.3 KB

Frailty in care homes pilot report (provided by North Somerset Community Partnership).



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