Thirst in Palliative Care #313

April Zehm, Jonathan Mullin, Haipeng Zhang

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In patients reporting thirst, perform a clinical assessment to differentiate xerostomia and thirst and identify potentially reversible causes of either symptom. Available evidence suggests that thirst is common in dying patients and is unlikely to be improved with artificial hydration especially in nonawake patients. Education, emotional support, oral care, and sips of fluid should be offered instead. ESRD, HF, and intubated ICU patients may have specific interventions that can improve thirst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1010
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of palliative medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2016


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