Intravenous fluid therapy in adults in hospital (CG174)
This clinical guideline offers evidence-based advice on intravenous (IV) fluid therapy for adults in hospital.
It contains recommendations about general principles for managing IV fluids, and applies to a range of conditions and different settings. It does not include recommendations relating to specific conditions.
NICE is in the process of developing guidance for the use of Intravenous fluids therapy in children.
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This page was last updated: 04 March 2014
Information for the public
Publishing in February 2014
A NICE online learning module for prescribers on IV fluid is being developed and will be available here in March 2014.
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Implementation tools and resources
- Baseline assessment tool
- Clinical audit tool
- Costing statement
- CG174 Intravenous fluid therapy in adults in hospital: algorithm poster set
- CG174 Intravenous fluid therapy in adults in hospital: composition of commonly used crystalloids table
- CG174 Intravenous fluid therapy in adults in hospital: diagram of ongoing losses
See this guidance in practice
The summary of the key recommendations in the guidance written for patients, carers and those with little medical knowledge and may be used in local patient information leaflets.
Quick Reference Guide
The quick reference guide presents recommendations for health professionals
The published NICE clinical guideline, contains the recommendations for health professionals and NHS bodies.
The published full clinical guideline for specialists with background, evidence, recommendations and methods used.