Letters Safety through education

FY1 doctors still poor in prescribing intravenous fluids

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2741 (Published 17 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2741
  1. Arfon G M T Powell, clinical research fellow1,
  2. Simon Paterson-Brown, consultant surgeon and honorary senior lecturer2
  1. 1Academic Unit of Surgery, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G4 0SF, UK
  2. 2Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. arfonpowell{at}doctors.org.uk

The British consensus guidelines on intravenous fluid therapy for adult surgical patients (GIFTASUP) were developed in 2008.1 2 They provide recommendations on patient assessment and intravenous fluid prescribing in surgical patients.

We undertook a questionnaire study assessing knowledge and confidence along with the use of these guidelines in 33 foundation year 1 (FY1) doctors in their first …

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