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One in 10 acute heart failure patients is given IV fluids despite evidence, study shows

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 03 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h583
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

One in 10 patients with acute decompensated heart failure is given intravenous (IV) fluids during the first two days of hospital admission even though this is known to be associated with worse outcomes, a US study has found.1

“Many signs and symptoms of heart failure are the result of volume overload,” said the researchers, writing in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure. Diuretic therapy, which …

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