Dextrose phleboclysis1 is, in certain conditions, a life-saving measure. It would be a shocking revelation could statistics be collected as to the number of people who annually die from hypohydration of the system, when their lives might have been spared by the parenteral administration of 5 per cent dextrose solution, of the number of patients lost from hypochloridation when dextrose-saline phleboclysis might have prevented their death, the number of ketosis deaths that might not have occurred had dextrose been given, and the occasional life that might have been saved by osmotherapy. What is no less pathetic is that, in instances, lives are lost in the conditions mentioned even though dextrose solution was administered, simply because the patient was not given enough, or because the remedy was not employed early enough, or because the solution administered was not of the proper composition.
The reasons are not far to seek. Dextrose
FANTUS B. THE PRESCRIBING OF DEXTROSE PHLEBOCLYSIS. JAMA. 1934;102(26):2165-2170. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750260011004