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Table 4 Quantity of sodium, potassium and chloride given on postoperative day 1 in those with an ongoing need for intravenous fluids (n = 96)

From: Perioperative intravenous fluid prescribing: a multi-centre audit

  Quantity administered in mmol.kg−1
None (%) 0.1–0.7 (%) 0.8–1.2 (%) ≥1.3 (%)
Sodium 4 14 9 72
Chloride 4 15 10 69
Potassium 25 67 6 0
  1. For all patients receiving intravenous fluid on postoperative day 1, the percentage of those in each electrolyte dose range is listed. An ongoing need for intravenous fluids was defined as those receiving intravenous fluid on postoperative days 1 and 2, therefore demonstrating an ongoing need during day 1. The dose range of 0.8–1.2 mmol.kg−1 is expressed in italics because this represents maintenance requirements