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Cost and risk management in critical care


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Cost and risk management in critical care

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust ran an initiative to prevent harm and reduce costs associated with using colloid fluid administration in critical care patients.

In the past, colloid fluid therapy was used as the primary resuscitation fluid in critically ill people. Increasing evidence suggests that crystalloid fluids are equivalent in effectiveness although they cost considerably less. This project aimed to reduce colloid use by removing them from the clinical area and making them available by consultant prescription only.


Estimated savings of £5,667 per 100,000 population were made were from reduced costs of drugs used because of consultant-led prescriptions.