Hydrogen ion regulation during hypothermia: from the Amazon to the operating room

  • H. Rahn
  • R. B. Reeves
Part of the Developments in Critical Care Medicine and Anaesthesiology book series (DCCA, volume 1)


What is the optimal acid-base management of patients subjected to hypothermia for surgical intervention? One approach is to consider how other vertebrates manage hydrogen ion regulation when their body temperature is reduced. (For a recent review, see also White [34]). Two major strategies emerge, each with very different objectives. One is used by hibernators, the other by ectotherms and heterotherms.


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