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NHS should ban use of starch based intravenous fluids, say researchers

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1323 (Published 27 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1323
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Starch based colloid intravenous fluids may be causing around 250 unnecessary deaths in the United Kingdom every year, a new Cochrane systematic review concludes.1 The study’s authors call on the NHS to ban the use of starch based colloid fluids and instead use safer and cheaper crystalloid fluids.

Starch based colloid fluids are used widely in the NHS in the fluid resuscitation of critically ill patients after trauma, burns, or surgery. However, they are more expensive than …

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