Droplet was trialled on four wards over a five day period. The wards were Gastroenterology, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Acute Medicine and Reablement Unit. On each ward between 4 and 6 patients used Droplet and their fluid intake was monitored using fluid charts. Their fluid consumption was compared with similar patients on their ward. The trial involved 43 patients.
The patients that used Droplet drank on average 63% more fluids on a daily basis than those without, which is an extra 500ml each day. Droplet helped to contribute towards quicker recovery times and happier, healthier patients.
Why is hydration important in hospital?
When a patient is dehydrated, this can lead to many common conditions such as constipation; falls; urinary tract infections; pressure ulcers; incontinence; and confusion. Dehydration can also lead to life-threatening conditions, such as acute kidney injury and cardiac disease. Helping patients drink regularly will increase wellbeing, speed up recovery and can shorten the amount of time they spend in hospital.
How much water should we drink a day?
The European Food Safety Authority recommends men should drink 2 litres of water per day and women a slightly less amount of 1.6 litres. For various reasons people often do not drink the recommended amount of liquid each day, this can increase their risk of suffering from dehydration and dehydration related illnesses. Water is essential for our health, it’s the primary and most important nutrient. Fluid transports nutrients and oxygen around the body and gets rid of waste.