INTRAVENOUS FLUIDS: Edited by Bertrand GuidetHow to avoid fluid overloadOgbu, Ogbonna C.a,b; Murphy, David J.a,b,c; Martin, Greg S.a,b,cAuthor Information aDivision of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, Emory University bGrady Health System cEmory Critical Care Center, Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, Georgia, USA Correspondence to Greg S. Martin, MD, MSc, 49 Jesse Hill Jr Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA. E-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Critical Care: August 2015 - Volume 21 - Issue 4 - p 315-321 doi: 10.1097/MCC.0000000000000211 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review This review highlights the recent evidence describing the outcomes associated with fluid overload in critically ill patients and provides an overview of fluid management strategies aimed at preventing fluid overload during the resuscitation of patients with shock. Recent findings Fluid overload is a common complication of fluid resuscitation and is associated with increased hospital costs, morbidity and mortality. Summary Fluid management goals differ during the resuscitation, optimization, stabilization and evacuation phases of fluid resuscitation. To prevent fluid overload, strategies that reduce excessive fluid infusions and emphasize the removal of accumulated fluids should be implemented. Copyright © 2015 YEAR Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.