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Rehydration of Children With Gastroenteritis

Works, Paula A. MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Section Editor(s): Howard, Patricia Kunz PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN; Column Editors; Shapiro, Susan E. PhD, RN, FAAN; Column Editors

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: April/June 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 2 - p 110–113
doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000022

Review of recent evidence with translation to practice for the advanced practice nurse role is presented using a case study module for “Intravenous Dextrose for Children With Gastroenteritis and Dehydration: A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial.” The study results showed that 35% of the children who received dextrose in normal saline (D5NS) were hospitalized as compared with 44% who received normal saline. The implications and clinical relevance of these findings for advanced practice nurses are discussed highlighting best evidence.

University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky.

Corresponding Author: Paula A. Works, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, 800 Rose St, Lexington, KY 40536 (

Disclosure: The author reports no conflicts of interest.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.