Editor—Sick patients who are unable to ingest oral fluids usually receive i.v. maintenance fluid therapy (IVMFT). The main goal of IVMFT is to temporarily meet water, electrolyte and glucose needs pending a more sustainable (par)enteral solution for feeding and hydration. Despite routine application, IVMFT is often based on dogmatic principles rather than high quality empirical research.1 Furthermore, macro- and micronutrient deficiencies, fluid overload, hyperchloraemic acidosis and hyponatraemia have all been reported as potentially detrimental complications.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||British Journal of Anaesthesia|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2017|