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A simple and effective strategy for improving junior doctors' knowledge of intravenous fluid therapy

Authors Swayamprakasam AP, Bijoor PB, Khalid U, Rana M, Boulton R, Taylor A

Received 3 July 2013

Accepted for publication 2 October 2013

Published 18 February 2014 Volume 2014:6 Pages 1—4


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Anand Prakash Swayamprakasam,1 Pooja Bijoor,2 Usman Khalid,3 Muhammad Sagheer Rana,4 Richard Boulton,5 Amanda Taylor6

1Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Road, Oldham, UK; 2Department of Otolaryngology, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester, UK; 3Department of Transplant Surgery, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK; 4GP Specialty Training Programme, East Midlands, Rutland House, Meridian Business Park, Leicester, UK; 5Department of General Surgery, Basildon Hospital, Essex, UK; 6Department of General Surgery, Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Milton Keynes, UK

Background: The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a single focused teaching session in improving junior doctors' knowledge of intravenous fluid therapy.
Methods: A questionnaire was developed from the current national guidelines on perioperative intravenous fluid therapy, ie, the 2008 British Consensus Guidelines on Intravenous Fluid Therapy for Adult Surgical Patients. The questionnaire was administered to foundation year 1 doctors at baseline. Subsequently a teaching session on intravenous fluid therapy was organized. The participants completed the questionnaire immediately after and again 2-5 weeks after the teaching session. The main outcome measure was the change in mean score after the intervention.
Results: The mean pre-education score was 4.3 (36%). The mean post-education scores immediately and an average of 22 days after the teaching session were 10.3 (85%) and 9.5 (79%), respectively.
Conclusion: A single focused teaching session is a simple and effective way of improving junior doctors' knowledge of intravenous fluid therapy. We recommend that a teaching session on intravenous fluids be integrated into the teaching program for all junior doctors.

Keywords: intravenous fluids, British Consensus Guidelines on Intravenous Fluid Therapy for Adult Surgical Patients, doctors' knowledge, education

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