This page is dedicated to providing more information on the intravenous fluid 0.9% sodium chloride (normal saline). More information on other intravenous (IV) fluids can be found here.
WHAT IS IT?
0.9% sodium chloride (commonly called normal saline) is a very commonly used IV fluid in medicine. It has the following features:
- Osmolarity (isotonic): 308 mOsmol/L ( 0.9 g/L sodium chlroide)
- Sodium concentration: 154 mEq/L
- Chloride concentration: 154 mEq/L
WHEN DO WE USE IT?
Corrective volume depletion: this IV fluid is used often to correct for dehydration or patients who are suffering from volume depletion.
WHEN DO WE AVOID USING IT?
Page Updated: 01.09.2017