Sodium Administration in the ICU
Dr N Tilbury, Dr I Lyons and Dr G Moncaster
Dysnatraemias are a common occurrence in critically ill patients (1,2) and can have a negative effect on both morbidity and mortality (3).
We are often oblivious to exactly how much sodium is in the fluids and medications we give to our patients.
The World Health Organisation recommends a maximum sodium intake of 2g/day (which equates to 1.24 mmol/kg for a 70kg person).
We were concerned that we were inadvertently administering excessive sodium to patients on critical care.