Fluid and Electrolyte Management in the Critically Ill
A patient’s ability to tolerate inappropriate fluid and electrolyte therapy should not be underestimated; regimes ranging from no fluid to more than 4 litres of isotonic saline/day are tolerated and compensated by uncomplicated postoperative patients. Intensive Care physicians cannot affort to be so imprecise; critically ill patients have usually lost normal physiological control of thirst and often have impaired renal function; bad fluid and electrolyte therapy cannot be corrected and compensated for by the patient.
KeywordsCentral Venous Pressure Interstitial Space Fluid Therapy Colloid Osmotic Pressure Fluid Compartment
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