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For patients who are critically ill with acute lung injury, there are logical reasons to both restrict fluid intake and to liberally apply fluids.

For patients who are critically ill with acute lung injury, there are logical reasons to both restrict fluid intake and to liberally apply fluids. The North American Fluids and Catheters Treatment Trial (FACTT) recently analyzed data from 1000 mechanically ventilated patients with acute lung injury. The patients were separated into two groups: One group received fluids, and one group had fluids restricted. Results of both groups did not differ significantly. Patients with restricted fluids experienced shorter stays in the intensive care unit, and there was no difference in mortality rates.

(Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2006;354:2598-2600.)
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Title Annotation:Fast Facts about Lung Health
Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Article Type:Brief article
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Date:Jun 22, 2005
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