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Randomised (unclear allocation concealment), unblinded, controlled trial with follow up to 1 hour before surgery or immediately before premedication.
Colorectal Unit, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK.
41 patients (median age 69 y, 63% men) who were receiving bowel preparation for colonic surgery. Follow up was 100%.
19 patients were allocated to receive a calculated volume (mean 2 l) of intravenous normal saline (treatment group), and 22 were allocated to receive no intravenous fluid (control group) during bowel preparation. Intravenous fluid …
Source of funding: not stated.
For correspondence: Mr A W Lambert, Colorectal Unit, Department of Surgery, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK.