These guidelines were first published in 2008, in response to concern about the high incidence of postoperative sodium and water overload and evidence to suggest that preventing or treating this, by more accurate fluid therapy, would improve outcome.

They were then revised in 2011, when the authors learnt that Professor Joachim Boldt is under investigation following allegations of research fraud. Whilst remaining open minded as to whether these allegations would prove to be true or false, they felt that since the guidelines used six of his references there was a need to review them to see if any changes were needed after removing these six references.

The text and recommendations remained exactly as before and one review reference was added to replace the Boldt references removed. Removal of his references from these Guidelines therefore has had absolutely no impact on the recommendations for patient care.

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