How is dehydration assessed in patients with cholera?

Updated: Feb 03, 2021
  • Author: Sajeev Handa, MBBCh, BAO, LRCSI, LRCPI; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Table 1. Assessment of the Patient With Diarrhea for Dehydration (based on WHO classification) (Open Table in a new window)

Sensorium

Eyes

Thirst

Skin Pinch

Decision

Abnormally sleepy or lethargic

Sunken

Drinks poorly or not at all

Goes back very slowly (>2 sec)

If the patient has 2 or more of these signs, severe dehydration is present

Restless, irritable

Sunken

Drinks eagerly

Goes back slowly (< 2 sec)

If the patient has 2 or

more signs, some dehydration is present

Well, alert

Normal

Drinks normally, not

thirsty

Goes back quickly

Patient has no dehydration