In latest guidance NICE warned that as many as one in five patients on IV fluids and electrolytes suffer complications or even die due to their inappropriate administration.
It said a lack of formal training was a “major concern” that was putting lives at risk. It is calling on nurses and doctors in England and Wales to become better educated in how to safely care for patients given IV fluid therapy.
NICE has recommended measures to improve education and training, including practical steps to make decision-making clearer, simpler and safer.
The guideline highlights that IV fluid therapy should always be given as part of a protocol and includes a one-page, step-by-step guide on assessing whether patients need a n IV and if they do, what fluids should be given and how long for.
Have you had training to manage IV infusions?
Has your competency been assessed?
Do you think formal training is needed?