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Intravenous fluid therapy in adults in hospital
The quality standard for intravenous (IV) fluid therapy in adults in hospital is made up of 4 statements that describe high-quality care for adults in hospital receiving IV fluid therapy. These statements set out the quality of care you should receive.
1. Adults receiving IV fluid therapy are cared for in a hospital that has a person who has overall responsibility for ensuring that they receive safe and effective IV fluid therapy.
2. Adults receiving IV fluid therapy in hospital are cared for by a team of healthcare professionals who have the knowledge and skills to ensure that they receive safe and effective IV fluid therapy.
3. Adults receiving IV fluid therapy in hospital will know that they have an IV fluid management plan that has been written by and reviewed by an expert. The plan includes the details of the patient's IV fluid prescription (what is needed over the next 24 hours and how it is to be given), as well as details of the IV fluid therapy assessments and checks that should be carried out over the next 24 hours.
4. Adults receiving IV fluid therapy in hospital are cared for in a hospital that has systems set in place so that IV fluid therapy problems (for example, patients not getting enough IV fluid and becoming severely dehydrated) are reported and dealt with correctly.