Fluid and electrolyte balance: how do junior doctors measure up?

Hosp Med. 2003 Jun;64(6):369-70. doi: 10.12968/hosp.2003.64.6.369.


Fluid and electrolyte disorders are common in hospital patients and can cause serious complications, especially in the elderly. The task of fluid management is often left to the most junior members of the team, the senior house officer and the preregistration house officer. However, the level of teaching and support available to them in this regard appears to be unsatisfactory.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Fluid Therapy / standards
  • Humans
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / standards*
  • Water-Electrolyte Imbalance / therapy*