Setting flow rates for infants and children
Clinical evidence supports a dose-by-weight approach with suggested flow rates of approximately 2 liters per kilogram per minute (L/kg/min) for infants between 3.0 and 12.5 kilograms.4,7–12
However, there is no evidence to support this practice for preterm neonates, older children or adults. Published clinical protocols may give guidance to setting flow rates in children.7–12 The graphic below summarizes the findings from published literature.
There is sufficient clinical evidence that supports flow rates of 2 L/kg/min (blue) for infants between 3-12.5kg.4,7–12 Published clinical protocols may give guidance in setting flows for infants between 10-12.5kg (purple).7–12