Terms, Definitions, Nomenclature, and Routes of Fluid Administration

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Fluid therapy is administered to veterinary patients in order to improve hemodynamics, replace deficits, and maintain hydration. The gradual expansion of medical knowledge and research in this field has led to a proliferation of terms related to fluid products, fluid delivery and body fluid distribution. Consistency in the use of terminology enables precise and effective communication in clinical and research settings. This article provides an alphabetical glossary of important terms and common definitions in the human and veterinary literature. It also summarizes the common routes of fluid administration in small and large animal species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number591218
JournalFrontiers in Veterinary Science
StatePublished - 2020

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  • fluid administration methods
  • fluid therapy
  • glossary
  • intraosseous
  • intravenous
  • rehydration
  • subcutaneous
  • terminology


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