Maintenance fluid therapy: What it is and what it is not

Aaron Friedman, Patricio E. Ray

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Fifty years after the publication of a prescription for maintenance fluid therapy, concerns have been raised about the use of hypotonic fluids in hospitalized children. We discuss what maintenance fluid therapy is or what it is not; where maintenance fluid therapy has been misused. We also discuss concerns with the immediate adoption of isotonic fluid as maintenance fluid without careful consideration and testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-680
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Nephrology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2008


  • Hyponatremia
  • Hypotonic fluids
  • Isotonic fluids
  • Maintenance fluid therapy

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