Administering intravenous fluids is one of the most common, safe and universal interventions in medicine. However, outcomes of intravenous fluid administration are variable and depend upon a multitude of factors not the least of which are recipient’s state of health at the time of intravenous fluid administration, underlying medical conditions both known and unknown, allergies or sensitivities both known and unknown and many other factors too numerous to count.

Although intravenous fluid administration is recognized as the gold standard for rehydrating, it does not cure diseases, fractures or mental illness. Administering intravenous fluids has enjoyed a remarkably safe history for many decades, however, it is not without risk and any treatment decision should be made in consultation with medical advice.

Crystalloids may reduce serum protein concentrations and packed red cell volume. Notify the intravenous fluid therapist if this would be disadvantageous to your health. The changes may be detrimental to intravascular volume, they may also increase the risk of tissue edema and compound reductions in tissue perfusion.
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