Back where I come from, we would usually say 'I started the patient on a drip'. But for the 'word' put up ... I only find it natural to say 'I put the fluid up just an hour ago'. What would happen if I were to include a patient in my sentence:

'I put the fluid up (in/on/for) the patient just an hour ago.'

Are all of the options unusual?

  • I'd not use 'for the patient' (and definitely not the other two suggestions) after 'I put the fluid up' in a sentence. You could use a vocative: 'Mrs Tankerey? I put the fluid up just an hour ago.' But I far prefer your 'I started ...' alternative. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 4 '17 at 10:05
  • Maybe it should be put the patient on the fluid. The for version seems fine (it's done on behalf of the patient, to benefit the patient, or perhaps at the patient's request). The other 2 alternatives (and the null alternative) are all grammatically sound, if not medically. I echo @Edwin's preference for the on a drip version. – Lawrence Aug 4 '17 at 10:15
  • Is it grammatically correct to say this though... I used this once and it sounded okay to me. but then again English is my third language. "I'll go check it with you after putting this fluid up for my patient". – Rafael M Aug 4 '17 at 11:44
  • On the TV medical shows I've generally heard "hang", as in "hang another bag of saline". – Hot Licks Aug 4 '17 at 11:49
  • we do use hang as well sometimes. However my question would be what comes next if i put 'the patient' in the sentence. Hang another bag of saline for/in/on/to... though I usually opt for for. – Rafael M Aug 4 '17 at 11:55

This is what I do for a living. Never heard "I put up an IV bag." All over the USA, it's mostly "I hung the fluid about an hour ago" or "I'm about to hang it" but if it is a specific drip, we say "drip" instead of fluid. Same with antibiotics. "What time did you hang it?"

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  • Put up is quite commonly used in the UK. But for now let's use the word hang. if you were to put "the patient" in the sentence, what preposition would you use? would you say Could you hang this bag of fluid in/on/for/to the patient? Thanks. – Rafael M Aug 4 '17 at 13:13

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