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Avoiding common problems associated with intravenous fluid therapy

Alexander D Franke
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (12): 718.
Published online: 15 June 2009

To the Editor: A recent review of medical textbooks found that the topic of intravenous fluid therapy is poorly covered.1 Hence, the recent article by Hilton and colleagues provides interesting hypothetical examples of the risk of hypovolaemia and hypervolaemia, as well as imbalances in fluid tonicity, in patients receiving intravenous fluid therapy.2 In particular, the authors recommend the use of intravenous 0.9% saline, as it is reportedly isotonic and hence avoids potential imbalances in serum sodium concentration.

  • Alexander D Franke

  • Intensive Care Unit, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, WA.


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