Maybe We Need A Royal Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Patients
MORE elderly patients are dying of dehydration in Scotland's hospitals, figures show.
Inadequate fluid intake contributed to the deaths of 550 patients last year - up 9 per cent on the previous 12 months and up more than 25 per cent on a decade earlier, according to Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland.
The statistics also show 109 patients died malnourished, while 141 died while suffering bedsores.
Analysis of the data reveals in 2010, more than ten patients a week were "discharged dead" from hospital with a diagnosis of "volume depletion". The condition is described as the loss of both water and salts and is closely linked to dehydration.
The number of deaths from volume depletion has risen from 429 in 2001 and 503 in 2009. The highest figure in a decade was 638 in 2006.
A further 4,305 people were discharged alive suffering the condition.
Jail time would follow if this was pets that were being so treated.
The RSPCA has welcomed prison sentences and a ban on keeping animals handed out to a couple who admitted causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs. A veterinary examination concluded both dogs were very underweight and that Sally was severely emaciated. She was less than half the weight that she should have been, had early kidney failure and an infected liver.