A 1% Difference Can Be Significant: Why Vanderbilt Shifted from Saline IVs to Crystalloids


From the article: “Study finds incidence of serious kidney problems or death was about 1% lower in patients who received balanced crystalloids when compared with patients who received saline.  As many as 100,000 fewer patients could suffer death or kidney damage each year if providers stopped using saline as intravenous fluid and administered balanced crystalloids instead, according to estimates in two companion studies.”