The study shows that dehydration was present in 64% of the patients and that discharge diagnoses mainly included infections, but also diagnoses such as cancers and stroke. Mortality at six months was 27% for the entire population and 37% in the group with confirmed dehydration. The authors conclude that a referral diagnosis of dehydration often reflects an unspecified concern of the referring doctor rather than a real suspicion of dehydration.
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Dehydration as referral diagnosis to a medical admittance department
Anja Poulsen & Frank Vinholt Schiødt