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NICE Quality Standard published: Intravenous fluid therapy in children and young people in hospital

When IV fluid therapy is needed for routine maintenance, fluid replacement or fluid resuscitation, it is vital that the correct composition, volume and timing of IV fluid therapy are used. Different types of IV fluids are appropriate for different situations.

Errors in prescribing or administering IV fluids can result in adverse events caused by inadequate or excessive provision…. Failure to correct imbalances and deliver correct fluids can have a significant impact on morbidity and mortality.

The NICE quality standard is expected to contribute to improvements in the following outcomes:

  • patient safety incidents resulting from errors in IV fluid therapy
  • length of hospital stay
  • children's and young peoples' experience of inpatient services
  • mortality resulting from errors in IV fluid therapy.

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