oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Context-sensitive fluid administration : what, when and how much? : SASA refresher course text

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



As with all drugs, fluid therapy must be regarded as context sensitive. If a drug is given in the wrong context to the wrong patient and without a proper indication, only the side-effects of the drug will be seen, with probable demonstrable harm. Fluids, as with all drugs, should only be administered in the proper context in which consideration is given to the pharmacological properties of the agent being administered, the condition for which the drug is being given, and the expected benefits and possible harm. Without clear consideration of the context, drug administration is negligent and harmful.

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