This discussion focuses on the perioperative quality initiative’s intense focus this year on total body water and electrolights. How often should we weigh patients to monitor water balance? What can we learn from a real understanding of the circulation of interstitial fluid and lymphatics? What is the role of diuretics for the perioperative practitioner? Also, haemodilution, what should you do if you have a patient with a positive post operative fluid balance and a low haemoglobin? Finally, how do we deal with sodium balance and Chloride?

Coming from this summer’s Peroperative Quality Initiative (POQI) hosted at Washington Duke University in Durham this podcast is presented by Monty Mythen and Henry Howe with their guests Tom Woodcock, an independent consultant in patient safety, medical law and ethics, and Manu Malbrain, Professor at Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacology Vrije University in Brussells.

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