Parenteral Fluids in Cancer Patients at End of Life

January 17, 2018

(Medscape) – The study, which was conducted in cancer patients in their last week of life who were unable to maintain sufficient oral fluid intake, compared usual care to assisted hydration. Fluids were given either intravenously or by subcutaneous injection. For patients who received assisted hydration, the survival rate was 26% higher than for patients who did not receive assisted hydration. This extrapolated to an average of an additional day and a half of life.

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