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Protocol for subcutaneous fluids

Species: cat | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 20 March 2007 11:05PM | viewed 4739 times
Q Gwen asks:

My 13+ year old cat must receive SQ Lactated Ringer's daily for renal failure secondary to diabetes. Since my vet told me I could reuse his insulin needles once or twice, and have for some time, can I also reuse the large bore needles for the SQ infusion? They both go into the subcutaneous space. Also, they said I can flow 100 cc's per day out of the 1000 cc bag. After spiking, will the LR remain stable and uncontaminated for 10 days? There is NO DEXTROSE in the solution.

Q Our vet says: I am aware that some cats with renal failure are given such home treatment with subcut fluids. I think it is an excellent way to keep them at home while receiving fluids. However this is more common in the USA as far as I understand, and I have no experience of this in any UK practice in which I have worked. Since I am inexperienced in this method of treatment I feel unable to give advice in this situation; therefore I would suggest you speak to your vet regarding these issues. I hope your cat does well and I will endeavour to find out more about this! Sorry not to be able to help.

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