Plasma Volume Expansion: The Current Controversy

  • C. Hartog
  • K. Reinhart


Although rapid and adequate administration of fluid is largely accepted as a mainstay of resuscitation in the critically ill patient, there is still an ongoing debate on the merits of colloids against crystalloids as first line plasma expanders. The underlying biologic rationale calls for rapid restoration of fluid losses to maintain circulating blood volume and organ perfusion.


Severe Sepsis Acute Ischemic Stroke Intensive Care Unit Patient Mean Arterial Blood Pressure Hydroxyethyl Starch 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Hartog
    • 1
  • K. Reinhart
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive CareJena University Hospital, Friedrich-Schiller-UniversityJenaGermany

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