Postoperative fluid and electrolyte balance: alarming audit results

J Perioper Pract. 2009 Sep;19(9):291-4. doi: 10.1177/175045890901900904.


Perioperative fluid and electrolyte management requires an understanding of physiology and fluid losses. Consequences of poor management in postoperative patients can be fatal. This audit assesses the latest consensus guidelines and applies them to a district general hospital setting. Results are concerning and demonstrate a global lack of application of knowledge and understanding. Recommendations are suggested in order to control this potentially devastating situation.

MeSH terms

  • Electrolytes / blood*
  • Humans
  • Medical Audit*
  • Postoperative Period
  • United Kingdom
  • Water-Electrolyte Balance*


  • Electrolytes