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Simple Change to IV Fluid Could Save Many Lives

Study calls for 'balanced fluids' instead of saline

(Newser) - New research calls into question what's in those IV bags that nearly every hospitalized patient gets. Using a different intravenous fluid instead of the usual saline greatly reduced the risk of death or kidney damage, two large studies found. The difference could mean 50,000 to 70,000 fewer... More »

Contaminated IV Bags Linked to 9 Deaths

Bacteria outbreak hits Alabama hospitals

(Newser) - Intravenous fluid bags contaminated with bacteria are suspected of causing nine deaths at Alabama hospitals. Ten other patients treated with the same product—which has now been pulled off the market—were sickened, AP reports. All the patients were critically ill before receiving the IVs and the deaths have not... More »

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