Scientists Replace Usual Saline with New Intravenous Fluid Therapy


Scientists replace usual saline with new intravenous fluid therapy for the patients getting IV saline restore the flush wounds, lost fluids and deliver medications, in order to help people suffering from dialyses, chemotherapy and surgeries.

The usual saline has been found to be containing a higher concentration of chloride and sodium as compared to blood, according to the officials from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The officials want to switch out the older saline and apply intravenous fluid therapy for many patients having a balanced solution, while they also encourage all other hospitals and organizations to do the same.

An associate medicine professor, MD, Wesley Self from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville said in a statement that, “It has high levels of sodium and chloride, levels that are higher than the blood. We thought that those high levels of sodium and chloride might actually cause some problems for patients when you give it to them.”

The review disclosed in the New England Journal of Medicine, followed 28,000 people given with balanced fluid or IVs of saline at the Vanderbilt University. At least one severe kidney problem or fewer deaths was observed in every 100 patients on the balanced fluids.

Associate chairwoman, June Ree, MD at the emergency department at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City stated that, “I’ve always relied on normal saline, because that’s what I’m used to. After reading this study, I think I would be more open to giving lactated Ringer’s to more of my patients, especially those with kidney disease.”