Subcutaneous hydration introduction

Guideline for the use of subcutaneous hydration in palliative care

Dr Christina Radcliffe

Introduction – Scope of this guideline

This guideline has been produced to support the administration of subcutaneous fluids to palliative care patients in all care environments.

Fluids should be available to patients in both inpatient and community settings and this guideline supports staff in decision making and delivery of subcutaneous fluids.

The guidance has been produced to ensure consistent practice, use and equitable access to subcutaneous fluids across the West Midlands region.

Disclaimer (SPAGG - Rewrite)

This Guide is intended for use by healthcare professionals and the expectation is that they will use clinical judgement, medical, and nursing knowledge in applying the general principles and recommendations contained within. They are not meant to replace the many available texts on the subject of palliative care.

Some of the management strategies describe the use of drugs outside their licensed indications. They are, however, established and accepted good practice. Please refer to the current BNF for further guidance.

While WMPCPS takes every care to compile accurate information , we cannot guarantee its correctness and completeness and it is subject to change. We do not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense resulting from the use of this information.