A practical, reliable method for preparing simple sugar/salt oral rehydration solution

M. M. Levine, M. L. Clements, R. E. Black, T. P. Hughes, D. Blum, R. Andino, G. Corrales

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Utilizing readily available measuring devices, we devised a method for preparation of simple sugar/salt oral rehydration solutions, which gives little variability under optimal or field conditions, in comparison with previously described methods (such as 'pinch and scoop'). One level teaspoonful of table salt and four heaping teaspoonsful of sugar were added to a 1.0 litre bottle filled with water. Quadruplicated solutions prepared by five nurses experienced in oral rehydration gave Na + levels of 61-93 mmol/l and sucrose levels of 2.6-3.7 g %. Solutions prepared by 20 (mostly illiterate) rural Honduran mothers ranged in Na + level from 60-145 mmol/l and in sucrose from 1.3-3.7 g %, all within the safe and effective range.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-76
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Infectious Diseases


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