Nutrition and Hydration

Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are supporting Nutrition and Hydration Week (12 – 18 March) highlighting the importance of hydration in reducing avoidable healthcare associated infections. This is in response to the Governments ambition to reduce gram-negative bloodstream infections such as E.Coli (Escherichia coli bacteraemia) by 50% by 2021.

Dehydration increases the risk of these infections, reducing the flow of blood to the kidneys causing acute kidney injury and infection. Urinary tract infections are the most common cause of E. coli infections and lead to the highest number of deaths due to the prevalence of these infections.

Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids is key to reducing a patient’s chance of having a urine infection. Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin CCGs have been involved in developing a range of resources focusing on hydration to reduce the incidence of these urinary tract infections. These include: