After too many years of not only hypotensive patients, but weak, dehydrated and parched, I learned...why NOT give them fluids? The only challenge was getting the MD on board without feeling like you are "overstepping the bounds of suggestion." Even after many years of experience giving sedation, most MD's don't have standing orders for fluids. It's so clear to me that almost all pts could benefit from replenishing IVF's. It can only help...EVERYONE involved, patient, nurse and MD. After all, after being dehydrated from 12 hours of being NPO and in addition ingesting a substance that not only may dehydrate you through bowel cleansing, but make you vomit and feel so "freakin" weak that you want to just curl up and die! With a little Versed/Demerol "cocktail", patient can easily slip into a state that "could be alarming." Unfortunately, with my experience, we have to be very tactful and act like it's their "IDEA", otherwise, we look like we are trying to "overcall" them and you aren't favored. Other MD's are not threatened and you can just tell them in a gentle way, I'm hanging fluids, and they are totally ok with that. I just wish that there were some documented studies that IVF's were beneficial so we wouldn't have to deal with it.
It doesn't cost anymore for you-it's all a flat rate anyway. Unless they are a renal patient, or CHF pt, they should get fluids. I know I want fluids when I have my procedure. It's really just a matter of humanity.