How is a person tested for dehydration using his/her skin? Pg. 446
A dehydrated person usually has poor skin turgor. "Skin turgor" is assessed by pinching the skin and then observing how quickly the skin flattens, or returns to its normal position. If a person is well hydrated, the pinched skin quickly flattens out. The skin of a dehydrated person, however, flattens out more slowly, giving the skin the appearance of a tent, hence the term tenting for the appearance of the skin of a dehydrated person.