Maintenance intravenous fluid prescribing practices among paediatric residents

M. A. Freeman, J. C. Ayus, M. L. Moritz

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Aim: To investigate the sodium composition of maintenance intravenous fluids (mIVF) used by paediatric residents throughout the United States in common clinical scenarios of arginine vasopressin (AVP) excess. Methods: We distributed an online survey to paediatric residency programmes asking what type of mIVF (0.2%, 0.45%, 0.9% NaCl or lactated Ringer's solution) they would administer in four common clinical scenarios of AVP excess (gastroenteritis, pneumonia, meningitis and postoperative) in both a 6-month-old (mo) and a 13-year-old (yo) child. Results: We had 472 responses, representing 5% of the total paediatric residency population in the United States. Hypotonic mIVF were selected in 78% of children (88.2% of 6 mo and 68.5% of 13 yo). Isotonic mIVF were selected approximately twice as often for patients with meningitis as for those without (21.4% vs. 8.7% 6 mo and 42.8% vs. 27.7% 13 yo; p < 0.001). Conclusions: The majority of US paediatric residents would prescribe hypotonic mIVF in disease states associated with AVP excess. However, a significant number of residents are using isotonic mIVF. Isotonic fluids are more likely to be prescribed in older children and children with meningitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e465-e468
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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