Unlocking the potential for improved outcomes in IV fluid management
How to use fluids in critically ill patients?
Unlocking the potential for improved outcomes in IV fluid management.
Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Baxter
At Baxter we are aware that IV fluid administration is one of the most common interventions in acute care1,2, however it is often:
- Inconsistent3, 4, 5
- Not prioritized2,3
- Prescribed incorrectly3, 5
As a result 1 in 5 patients on IV fluid therapy may suffer complications or morbidity due to inappropriate administration3.
Making the right fluid decisions for your patient6 is important.
- Fluid therapy should be individualised by understanding the purpose and goals of giving IV fluid to your specific patient.
- Prescribe IV fluids like drugs – this includes considering the type of fluid, composition and characteristics of the fluid and the specific dose/volume.
- Reassess routinely – a change in the patient’s status may require a change in fluid prescription.
Speak to Baxter about how we can help your hospital unlock the potential for improved outcomes in IV fluid Management.
Contact Baxter via e-mail for more information IV_therapy@baxter.com
1 – Nursing Times. Nice guidance on giving intravenous fluids. January 2014
2 – Myburgh JA. J intern Med 2015: 277: 58-68
3 – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence CG 174 Intravenous fluid therapy in adults in hospital. Clinical guideline CG174. 2013
4 – Callum KG et al. Extremes of Age. The 1999 Report of the National Confidential Enquiry into perioperative deaths.
5 – Hilton AK et al. MJA 2008; 189; 509-513
6 - Raghunathan K et al. Curr Opin Crit Care 2013;19:290–298
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