You are the F1 on-call.
You are asked to review a 65 yr old female patient on the ward who has been vomiting for some time with an ileus following surgery. There has been senior review of the patient and a plan in place to “drip and suck” for a period of 24 hours prior to re-assessment and possibly theatre tomorrow. The nurses ring you to ask you to prescribe fluid for the patient for the next 24 hours [thankfully the NG tube has been put in and confirmed by the nursing staff].
What information do you want to know?
What would you do?
In order to get some prescribing resources out there we intend to publish a series of prescribing problems on the website. The problems will appear at least weekly with the "answers" appearing a couple of days later. We'll use the standard exam stationery available on the LSE, but also available below in case you haven't got access to the LSE.