N Engl J Med 2022 Jan 18. Epub 2022 Jan 18.
From the George Institute for Global Health and the University of New South Wales (S.F., S.M., N.H., L.B., A.D., M.G., Q.L., J. Mysore, M.S., C.T., J. Myburgh), the Malcolm Fisher Department of Intensive Care, Royal North Shore Hospital (N.H., A.D.), the Northern Clinical School (A.D.) and the Central Clinical School (D.G.), University of Sydney, the Intensive Care Unit, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (D.G.), the Department of Intensive Care, St. George Hospital (M.S., J. Myburgh), and the Intensive Care Unit, Bankstown Hospital (M.S.), Sydney, and the Intensive Care Unit, Austin Hospital (R.B.), the Department of Intensive Care, Royal Melbourne Hospital (R.B.), the Department of Critical Care, University of Melbourne (R.B., P.Y.), and the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University (R.B., P.Y.), Melbourne, VIC - all in Australia; the School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London (S.F.); and the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (L.N., D.M., P.Y.) and the Department of Intensive Care, Wellington Regional Hospital (L.N., P.Y.) - both in Wellington.
Background: Whether the use of balanced multielectrolyte solution (BMES) in preference to 0.9% sodium chloride solution (saline) in critically ill patients reduces the risk of acute kidney injury or death is uncertain.
Methods: In a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial, we assigned critically ill patients to receive BMES (Plasma-Lyte 148) or saline as fluid therapy in the intensive care unit (ICU) for 90 days. Read More