Guidance on intravenous fluid therapy is to be reviewed after six quoted articles are withdrawn

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 07 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1492
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The British consensus guidelines on intravenous fluid therapy for adult surgical patients are to be reviewed, and references in the guidelines to six studies withdrawn, amid allegations of research fraud against a leading researcher.

The six papers are by Joachim Boldt, a German anaesthetist who is being investigated by the state medical association and by prosecution authorities in the Rhineland-Palatinate. He was chief physician at Klinikum Ludwigshafen in the town of Ludwigshafen in the Rhineland before he was dismissed last year.

The move coincides with an open letter from the editors in chief of 16 medical journals, including Anaesthesia and the British Journal of Anaesthetics, retracting 89 articles by Dr Boldt that the state medical association of Rhineland-Palatinate found did not have the required ethical approval (BMJ …

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