Hydration: Assessment and Treatment - RD199

Hydration: Assessment and Treatment

by Eleanor Schiavo, MS, RD, CNSC
(4.9 / 24 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (12.00 CPEU)

Price: $149.00
CE-PRO Price: $74.50


Water makes up between 50% and 60% of the human body. It makes sense that treatment of patients, especially critically ill patients, begins with the administration of fluid. Determining the hydration status and fluid needs of patients, as part of the nutrition assessment, can be complicated. Assessment of hydration involves understanding the fluid compartments of the body, how and why fluids shift between compartments, the role of electrolytes in fluid balance, and how acid-base balance figures into hydration and electrolyte status. Every dietitian must have an understanding of water and its role in the stability of the patient. A good knowledge of this topic will also improve interdisciplinary communications, as the dietitian will be confident in discussing fluids and electrolytes.


The goal of this hydration course is to teach dietitians how to determine the fluid status of a patient, make treatment recommendations to improve patient outcomes, and participate fully as part of the healthcare team. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the basics of water balance for the body
  • Explain the risks of dehydration in the elderly
  • Identify laboratory values that indicate hydration status and health status
  • Review fluid alterations in various diseases
  • Discuss the appropriate uses for various IV fluids, such as normal saline, hypotonic saline, hypertonic saline, lactated Ringer’s, and colloids
  • Evaluate health status using electrolyte values
  • Assess the hydration status of a patient
  • Determine fluid needs of a patient
  • Differentiate between acid base balance disorders
  • Write fluid recommendations for patients and develop a plan to implement recommendations
  • Evaluate care-planning strategies for fluid deficits

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2070, 2110, 3005, 3010, 3020, 3040, 3060, 5010, 5040, 5100, 5170, 5280 and performance indicators of 4.1.1, 8.1.3, 8.1.5, 8.2.2, 8.3.6, 10.1.2, 10.2.3, 10.2.4, 10.2.5.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 11/30/2017
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/30/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/30/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Joan E - Glen Rock, NJ  ·  Dec 26, 2019
This course information will be used in the assessment of hydration status for my patients
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Linda H - Wyckoff, NJ  ·  Dec 15, 2019
This course was excellent. very detailed oriented
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erica m - san antonio, TX  ·  Oct 10, 2019
loved the material! GREAT course.
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Reema S - GREEN VALLEY, CA  ·  Sep 26, 2019
Has very useful information.
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Lisa H - Parrott, GA  ·  Jun 06, 2019
I will be teaching a group of Civil Air Patrol Search and Rescue Medics in two weeks. This course has given me some excellent material to include in my presentation on Heat Illness and Injury.
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Price: $149.00
CE-PRO Price: $74.50