Helping patients drink without having to call for help.

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• Improving patient experience
• Delivering efficiencies on the ward
• Clear cost reductions are possible
• Potential 70% reduction in plastic use


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The problem: preventable dehydration

Often the CAUSE of dehydration is not lack of fluid but simply the LACK OF EASY, INDEPENDENT ACCESS to drinks.

If a vulnerable person cannot easily reach, lift or hold a drink they will need help to stay properly hydrated. That help is often not immediately or consistently available.

Dehydration is possibly the single biggest issue in healthcare. Huge levels of hospital admissions and increased length of stay are a direct result of dehydration i. Urinary infections account for over 170,000 admissions and over 1.3 million bed days each year ii. Falls, constipation, intravenous drips, acute kidney injury, blocked catheters and many other issues are often a direct result of dehydration. Not to mention many deaths which are regularly headline news.iii

The impact of dehydration on patient wellness is extraordinary. It is extraordinary. It contributes massively to our core indicators in death, outcomes and length of stay just from whether the water is consumed or not, whether frail elderly patients are hydrated or not. Dedicated staff put the water in the cup, put the water by the bed, but the patient cannot reach it….
- Jim Easton, NHS National Director for Improvement and Efficiency

As a junior doctor I would set up as many as 20 intravenous drips each day to rehydrate patients. Around 60% of these would have been totally avoidable if the patients were able to easily access fluids without calling for help.

NHS England Guidance

Commissioning Excellent Nutrition and Hydration 2015-2018

“Health costs associated with malnutrition (including dehydration) alone are estimated to exceed £19 billion. (BAPEN, 2015) Therefore it is essential that malnutrition and dehydration problems are better recognised and treated. An additional benefit is the reduction of pharmaceutical waste, resulting in better use of scarce resources. The key outcomes for commissioners include:
Develop and implement strategies to prevent malnutrition and dehydration.”

The Water-Drop could be a key element in these strategies.

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