This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:
This review will evaluate two hypotheses on the effectiveness and safety of the use of IV maintenance fluids for the management of acute infections:
To determine whether there is any difference in mortality and morbidity associated with the use of the different types of IV maintenance fluids for management of acute infections.
To assess whether there are differences in the rate of adverse effects in patients between the use of such IV fluids.