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Safe Nutrition and Hydration of Service Users - Guidelines

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Malnutrition and Dehydration are major risks for any service user experiencing physical health and mental health co-morbidities. Poor hydration and nutrition can increase the risks of mortality and morbidity, prolong lengths of hospital bed days and increase the burden of care to clients, their family and carers. 
Over the last decade, there has been an increasing concern over the high incidence of malnutrition, in particular under nutrition in the hospital setting. This has led to a growth of interest in improving the overall nutritional care in order to improve patient clinical outcomes. 
It is a fundamental requirement of those involved in the delivery of client care to ensure excellence in nutrition and hydration practice. This requires a systemic approach that is client centred and multi professional.
The aim of this Policy is to ensure that: 
All clients have their nutritional and hydration needs assessed whilst receiving care from South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) 
  • Clients experience excellence of care in all aspects of nutritional and hydration needs


Link to the full Policy:

Safe Nutrition and Hydration of Service Users - Guidelines


Link to the Policy Equalities Impact Analysis:

Safe Nutrition and Hydration of Service Users - Guidelines - EIA 


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