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An end to fluid drips in hospital.

HOSPITAL have been ordered to stop using a fluid that is put directly into patients' veins after it has been linked to hundreds of unnecessary deaths.

A recent study concluded that administering hydroxyethyl starch through an intravenous (IV) drip increases a patient's risk of dying. The authors estimated that the drips could be causing around 250 unnecessary deaths in the UK every year.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has now suspended the use of such drips because "their benefits no longer outweigh the risk".

The drips are used for treatment and prevention of low blood volume, a steep drop in blood pressure, as well as for maintenance of circulation during operations.

Burn and trauma victims are among those who given the fluid.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 1, 2013
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