17 March 2015
The Serious Dangers of Dehydration: Brain Injuries and Death
Dehydration is dangerous. The human body is mostly made up of water. Water in the human body is vital for flushing out waste, aiding digestion and lubricating our joints so we can move around. Dehydration is caused by losing fluids quicker than you can replenish them or simply by not drinking enough.
Lack of hydration makes us thirsty and our urine becomes darker and less frequent. However more serious symptoms of dehydration include low blood pressure, feeling tired or confused and having a rapid heartbeat. Dehydration can lead to serious injuries and ultimately be a killer.
The Office for National Statistics has revealed that more than 9,000 people have died in hospital over the last ten years with dehydration playing a part in their deaths. In 2013, 574 deaths in UK hospitals were linked to thirst.
Babies and infants are particularly at risk from dehydration. They are extra sensitive to a loss of fluids as they are so small. I am acting for a child who suffered dehydration which led to a serious Brain Injury. His mother was discharged from the London Royal Free Hospital without being able to properly breastfeed. In the seven days after his birth the community midwives failed to properly monitor him and his weight fell dramatically, leading to a condition called neo natal hypernatremia. He has now sadly been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.
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James Bell is a Senior Clinical Negligence Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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