In the pediatric unit I notice that every time they admit a child to the floor, the child is always started on IV fluids. why is this done? I've seen kids come in with knee abscess, seizures, RSV, or sleep apnea. They're always given fluids of at least 1000 ml or 500.
I didn't have time to read the above comments as usual cus I have a lot going on but if no one said it yet ... being bed bound can cause fluid volume deficit because it causes diuresis because the fluid shifts from the legs up to the chest area and you get increased pressure in the atria and the heart thinks it's on an overload state and the atria release ANP which cause diuresis.
Note: I think for my example it'd really have to be some lengthy bed rest. Also, this may be a good rationale as to why bed rest helps with fluid overload.
Hope I'm not too off.
Back to studying for NCLEX.
Last edit by StudentOfHealing on Mar 17, '14