Take the Hydration Quiz!
by Veterinary Practice News Editors | October 19, 2016 11:31 am
How do you know if your patient is overhydrated?
- We all know about to assess a dehydrated patient. But just to be safe, name at least 5 ways to do it.
- Now please name at least 5 ways to assess an overhydrated patient.
- Describe at least 5 simple ways to prevent over- or under-hydration in hospitalized patients.
Check your answers on the next page, and let us know which ones you got right!
- Increased skin turgor, dry mucous membranes, enophthalmos (sunken eyes), prolonged CRT, increased urine specific gravity, high PCV/TS.
- Exophthalmos (protruding eyes), serous nasal discharge, chemosis (edema of the conjunctiva), pitting edema, moist lung sounds (pulmonary edema), tachypnea, coughing, low PCV/TS.
- Monitor body weight (at least once daily), perform a thorough physical exam (at least once daily), compare “ins” and “outs” (i.e. IV fluid volume vs. urine volume), measure the urine specific gravity, measure serial PCV/TS, measure central venous pressure
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