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May 19, 2011

Dear Colleague,

For this issue of our eNewsletter, I thought I'd put together a table to help review the terms isotonic, hypertonic, and hypotonic. I hope it is helpful to you - it was a good review for me!

  • 0.9% sodium chloride
  • lactated Ringer's solution
  • 5% dextrose in water
  • Ringer's solution


It surprised me to put D5W in the list of examples for isotonic solutions. Find out more about this by reading  I.V. Fluids: What Nurses Need To Know. Also, read more about I.V. therapy by checking out the other articles in our More Resources section. Don't miss our next issue about skin cancer plus new articles and CE!

I.V. fluids: What nurses need to know CE

Tech Update: Computerized I.V. documentation: Identifying the barriers
Nurses' Risk Without Using Smart Pumps

A Randomized Controlled Trial to Compare the Complications of 2 Peripheral Intravenous Catheter-Stabilization Systems

I.V. ROUNDS: Managing vascular access device occlusions, part 1

I.V. ROUNDS: Managing vascular access device occlusions, part 2

I.V. Essentials: Extra! Extra! Preventing extravasation

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

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