Saltier Saline Solution and Less of It Reduces Surgical Complications

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Dr. Harish Lavu in surgery.

Intravenous fluids are vital during surgery. These IVs help keep patients hydrated, but can result in the retention of too much fluid during long procedures. Because of the latter, doctors at Jefferson have modified the IV fluid used in the complex Whipple surgery for pancreatic cancer treatment. This altered IV, which includes about three liters less fluid and 16 percent more salt has shown to reduce surgery complications by about 25 percent.

Surgeon Harish Lavu, MD, an associate professor of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals recently spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer about his findings and goals for conducting this study.

“Our hope is that people really take this to heart and start trying it at their own institutions,” said Dr. Lavu.

You can read the full story here.


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