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The European Hydration Institute has developed the first online hydration course of its kind for healthcare professionals.

European Hydration Institute launches online hydration course for healthcare professionals

The European Hydration Institute (EHI) is launching its first online hydration course for healthcare professionals during Nutrition and Hydration Week (14th - 20th March 2016)

The European Hydration Institute has developed the first online hydration course of its kind for healthcare professionals (HCPs), featuring four interactive modules. The course is designed to help healthcare professionals advance their understanding of hydration.

The modules, which include ‘Water and Hydration’, ‘Perioperative’, ‘Care Homes’ and ‘Physical Activity’ have been developed by the EHI in partnership with experts in the field including Dr Alistair Connell and Professors Monty Mythen and Hugh Montgomery (University College London), Professor Ron Maughan (Loughborough University), and Dr Lisa Wilson (Registered Public  Health Nutritionist).

Jane Holdsworth, Director of the EHI, says “The European Hydration Institute is delighted to launch this invaluable online course during Nutrition & Hydration Week to help increase understanding of hydration in a clinical setting, and in everyday life. We’re pleased to have worked with a host of experts who have skilfully authored these modules.”

Water and Hydration module - 1-2 hours

The Water and Hydration module is aimed at junior doctors and nurses of all grades and specialities, and explores the physiology of water in the body. Developed by Hugh Montgomery, Professor of Intensive Care at UCL, and Dr. Alistair Connell, Medical Registrar at UCL, the module explores how the body handles water in health and disease.

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of relevant basic physiology and how this relates to the assessment of hydration in clinical practice. The module contains a mixture of problem-orientated, case-based and reflective learning, and forms the basis from which other modules stem.

Professor Hugh Montgomery adds, “The module covers the distribution of water in the body and the factors that influence this; the impact that changes to hydration can have; how mechanisms governing intake and output of fluids keep us optimally hydrated; and how to evaluate hydration status and take appropriate steps to redress any imbalance.”

Perioperative module - 1 hour

The Perioperative module explores best practice for the management of preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative hydration.  It will be of use to all who care for the surgical patient. Focus is made on why the perioperative period may put patients at risk of dehydration or excessive hydration, and how these harmful imbalances can be avoided.

Professor Monty Mythen, who co-authored the module, states, “Our aim with this module is to help healthcare professionals prevent excessive or overly restrictive hydration. After completing the module, they should feel confident with advice on fasting given to patients before their operation, and be able to consider appropriate forms of fluid therapy delivered in the operating theatre and postoperatively.”

Care Homes module - 1.5 hours

A quarter of care home residents are dehydrated when admitted to hospital [1] .  Simple changes to practice can improve hydration and quality of life for residents [2].

The Care Homes module is aimed at care home staff of all grades and looks at the causes and consequences of dehydration in older people. It provides the tools needed to address hydration issues, with examples of good practice which can be replicated as a part of developing a hydration policy. 

Physical Activity module - 1 hour

The Physical Activity module is ideal for physically active people and personal trainers, and addresses the importance of hydration for those who engage in physical activity on a regular basis.

The module describes the factors that influence water balance and hydration status at rest and during exercise, and the impacts of hydration on physical health and performance.

Visit the European Hydration Institute website to complete the modules, and access valuable resources to help you and your staff learn more about the importance of hydration:


1. Are patients admitted to hospitals from care homes dehydrated? A retrospective analysis of hypernatraemia and in-hospital mortality (DOI: 10.1177/0141076814566260) by Anthony Wolff, David Stuckler and Martin McKee, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 16 January 2015

2. Anglian Water (2009) ‘Health on tap: good hydration in older people’, Anglian Water Services Ltd.


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Notes to Editors

About the European Hydration Institute (EHI)

The European Hydration Institute stresses the importance and many health benefits of being properly hydrated and provides information to help people understand how best to do this in different situations on its website:

The European Hydration Institute (EHI) is a foundation established with the objectives of advancing and sharing knowledge and understanding of all matters relating to human hydration and the effects of hydration on health, wellness and physical and cognitive performance. The EHI was founded in response to the need expressed by a number of scientists, nutritionists, dieticians and health care professionals, for a one stop shop relating to hydration where: All hydration science and knowledge could come together; strategies for further advancing understanding in the area of hydration could be developed and support for efforts designed to ensure people across Europe are properly hydrated could be provided.

About Nutrition & Hydration Week

Nutrition & Hydration Week aims to create a global movement that will reinforce and focus energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality care, experience and safety improvement in health and social care settings. For more information visit: