It had been many years since I had seen it used, but one of our 'old-school' GPs (who's in his late 70's) began ordering it for hydration for palliative patients in our LTC facility within the last few months.
We set them up with an ISCI set and usually run them 1L q8-12h. I know it's really more of a comfort measure for the families, but it has become more common in the past few months with our medical director hopping on board and ordering it as well, with some regularity.
Just wondering how 'medieval' this is?
Geez, I did that as a student nurse. That's what Wydase was originally used for (I think). I did it on a pediatric pt.
A few years later I took care of a baby that an LMD from a neighboring county gave clysis to, only he used D10W. Can we say hyperkalemia? Things did not go well.
Also, big difference between humans and other mammals, eg., dogs, cats, ferrets--they have a lot more "play" between their hides and subcutaneous space, therefore much easier to give fluids that way.
Last edit by prmenrs on Jan 12, '07