I am new to the hospital I am working at and they seem to run IV fluids for 24 hrs regardless how the pt is tolerating fluids. When I get a fresh C/S, the pt is on slow pit and IV fluids. If the pt is tolerating fluids well, not nauseated or throwing up, great bowel sounds, doing exceptionally well, I cut off the fluids about mid-day and continue with liquids to full liquids...etc. When I give report to the night nurse, they seem absolutely appalled. I explain to them that they are taking fluids PO and tolerating very well ...give them the whole above scenario but I can tell they are not happy or don't agree with what I did.
Finally I asked one day shift nurse and she said that it is anasthesia's order to continue IV fluids for 24 hours. We look at the orders and I point out the part that says "discontinue IV if tolerating PO". She then points to another section that says, "keep IV access for 24 hrs" and says, "see that means keep fluids for 24 hrs." I do not agree with her translation of that order.
What is the rational for keeping fluids going for 24 hrs if they are drinking fluids fine and output if fine...perfect scenerio basically.
The entire unit practices like this so it makes me second guess what I am doing. 20 nurses vs 1.
Advice/opinions please! Thanks!