Whether or not to use saline to resuscitate critically ill patients will be evaluated at Chest 2017.

The use of saline to resuscitate critically ill adults “has been a big clinical controversy” because of its high chlorine content, which can lead to acute kidney injury, said Peter Mazzone, MD, from the Cleveland Clinic, who is scientific chair of the meeting.

Results from two large trials comparing the use of saline with balanced crystalloids will be presented and will likely be hotly debated, he told Medscape Medical News.