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HYPO-PAkT - Preventive action program for nursing homes on optimal drinking behavior while heat wave

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HYPO-PAkT - Project profile


Weather extremes such as seasonal hot spells often lead to health complaints related to fluid and electrolyte balance, especially in geriatric patients. If the increased fluid requirement is covered by water and adequate salt intake is lacking, for example, this can lead to a critical shift in blood salts (e.g. sodium, potassium). Commonly used medications such as diuretics and other heart failure and/or blood pressure medications may further increase this effect. Hyponatremia (decreased sodium levels in the blood) can lead to memory problems and mobility impairments, even coma. Inpatient or even intensive care treatment is not uncommon as a result.

The urban, aging society needs acute and simple compensatory recommendations to prevent health damage and quality-of-life impairments caused by hot spells.


Aims and Procedure

It will be shown that the elderly, especially those in need of care, are at risk for hyponatremia during hot spells. In addition, a preventive action program for care recipients to reduce the number of hyponatremias during hot spells will be designed. 

Project duration

06/2020 – 05/2023

Project Management

Dr. Nils Lahmann

Deputy Director FGG, Head of Department: Digitization and Nursing Research

Prof. Dr. Ursula Müller-Werdan

Medical Director of Clinic for Geriatrics and Medicine for Older Adults, Head of Geriatrics Research Group

Staff members

Anne Deter

Research Associate

Michele Haink

Research Associate

Lara Schröder

Student Employee

Standard-Porträt "Person, neutral"

Further project information

Project funding Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection