Improving intravenous fluid prescribing

Abhinav Mathur* (Corresponding Author), Gwen Johnston, Laura Clark

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Intravenous (IV) fluid therapy is integral to the care of patients in hospitals but involves complex decisions. Errors in fluid prescribing are common, leading to significant harm due to inappropriate fluid type, rate or volume. British national guidelines have been developed to improve prescribing, but adherence has been generally poor. The Scottish Government has set up a National IV Fluid Improvement Programme to implement national guidelines throughout Scotland. This article reviews the need for such guidance and discusses how the Scottish National IV Fluid Improvement Programme hopes to achieve its aims across Scotland. This may provide an improvement framework for fluid prescribing in other regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-187
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2020


  • intravenous fluids
  • patient safety
  • quality improvment
  • #ivfluidscot
  • prescribing
  • Prescribing
  • Quality improvement
  • Patient safety
  • Intravenous fluids


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