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I am sitting here at work reading a packet on a potential placement and I came across something in it that explains why dehydration can be so dangerous. I never really understood exactly how it worked (ok you nurses quit snickering). Anyway, it says..

Dehydration occurs when a persons body loses too much water. When a person stops drinking water or loses too much fluid due to vomiting, diarrhea, or sweating, the body reabsorbs fluid from the blood and other body tissues. By the time a person becomes severely dehydrated there is no longer enough fluid in the body to get blood to the vital organs and the person may begin to go into shock, which is life threatening.

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