Hospital patients who have problems with fluid balance are having their lives potentially put at risk by overstretched or under trained NHS staff, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has warned.
They have issued draft recommendations for management of intravenous infusions which are due to be published later this year.
What do you think?
- Do you have time to monitor and assess patients receiving intravenous fluids?
- Are patient ever put at risk because of poor management of intravenous infusions?
- Have you received any training to manage intravenous infusions?
- Do you feel fluid balance is adequately monitored in your clinical area?